Undecided on substrate - will this work?
I’m coming over from reef tanks, so planted aquariums are new to me, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and my dad had great success with Akadama, who recommends that.
I’m thinking of mixing a diy powersand base, with some fine Akadama ontop, then capped with Flourite black or brown sand.
My concern is, the Akadama raising above the sand. I would use ADA Aquasoil powder but it’s really expensive here.
The alternative is to cap with a fine black blasting sand.
Does using a substrate like Flourite sand really justify the cost for the benefits they provide?