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Aqua Soil prices? Help a newb in need plz.

I'm new here! This is my first post actually. I'm really nervous to post this question because I'm afraid it's been asked a million times... Sorry dudes.

I am setting up my third planted tank and I want to do this one a little better so I really want to go with Aqua Soil. For the life of me I can't figure out the Aqua Soil terms in liters, and how much I will need, and most of all WHERE is the best priced place to order it???

My new tank is a 30"x12" footprint and I will only be putting the AS in the back portion of the tank as thats the only place that rooted plants will be. The front 4/5 of the tank will just be PFS because Ill be using anubias and needle leaf java ferns for the forground. Really the only plants that will be planted at all are Valls, crypt ballansae, and crinium Calamistratum. These will all be planted in the back 1/5 of the tank so I dont think Ill need much AS.

My major issue I need help with is good places to order from with the best prices. I'm on a pretty tight budget... can anyone hook me up with some links???

Thanks in advance guys! I'll be starting my first "journal" tomorrow to cover the setup of this new little tank.
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I'd call the guys at ADG a call, they can tell you exactly how much you need. Their prices are good, but there isn't a lot of competition since there are only 2 ADA USA distributers. The other is AFA. I've ordered from both, but I prefer ADG simply due to service.

On a separate note, if your budget is that tight, have you looked into Mineralized Top Soil? (MTS)
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2 9L bags will probably do. here's a substrate calculator:
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2 9L bags will probably do. here's a substrate calculator:
https://www.plantedtank.net/substratecalculator.html
For 1/5th of a 30x12" tank? seriously?

I'm betting if you bought a single 9l you would have plenty left over.
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Thanks guys! Oh how I love waking up to replies!

Indignation- No I haven't looked into it. Honestly I don't know what it is? Is it like using the Walstad method? I don't want to use anything that I will have to cap with large to largish gravel. I really don't care for the look of gravel.

I think that answers my questions. If there are only 2 distrubutors in the US then there isnt much of a choice as to where to find it! LOL!
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MTS does need to be capped. It supposedly offers the same benefits of aquasoil, i.e. well-fertilized substrate. I haven't tried it, I'm a huge fan of ADA Amazonia.
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Thanks guys! Oh how I love waking up to replies!

Indignation- No I haven't looked into it. Honestly I don't know what it is? Is it like using the Walstad method? I don't want to use anything that I will have to cap with large to largish gravel. I really don't care for the look of gravel.

I think that answers my questions. If there are only 2 distrubutors in the US then there isnt much of a choice as to where to find it! LOL!
I capped my soil based tank with sand


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