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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-26-2018, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Am looking to start a planted nano tank but having a little bit of a tough time choosing a substrate and donít want to buy thit wrong thing . The tank is a 10g tank with built in filter . I want to do a carpet planted tank and not to sure yet on what bigger plants yet . I was going to get the ada soil but have been doing more reading and there seems to be a lot of mixed reviews on it what have u guys been using and what would ppl recommend.
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Tough to go wrong with the Black Diamond Blasting sand. I am currently using it in my 5g Betta tanks. Holds the plants pretty well. I have Eco Complete in my 40g and 75g - pretty course in my opinion for a planted tank, but it works.
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Hard to advise what substrate for you to use because there are so many choices and all have their pros and cons but it basically boils down to either use an inert substrate and dose the required fertilisers or use some kind of an enriched substrate. Other factors to consider is light/level/and intensity and to do CO2 or no CO2

So best to tell the community what your vision for the tank is and you will get more useful recommendations.


Just as an FYI I have 2 tanks (200L and 15 gallon) In the 200l I have seachem fluorite black sand and in the 15 gallon I have pool filter sand. Both are inert substrates, the 200L is CO2 injected the 15 gallon is not and both grow plants well.

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I would like to do a med/high light tank with co2 injection as I might upgrade in the future just want to see how the first tank goes.
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For low tech or high tech, I recommend aqua soil. Obviously inert substrates work as well, but I have seen anecdotal evidence of my low tech nano tank with ada amazonia powder growing montecarlo and marsilea really well and in my opinion, much better than my inert substrate tanks.

But honestly, it all depends on a person's budget, goals, etc, and it's a pretty cheap experiment/try to just go with BDBS or PFS. So why not? But if you can, definitely try a tank with aquasoil, and especially powder form, for carpetting. I would do reg AS with a top layer of powder form. or if it's a small enough tank, just powder.
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Thanks for the reply Iíve learnt not to be cheap on things . In the past I have went the cheaper route and regretted it . I think I might give the ada a try just trying to figure out what light to get yet any help with that would be great too

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What water source are you using? ADA will fight kH found in tap water and buffer it out (too a point)

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I just use my city water for all my fish
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Thanks for the reply Iíve learnt not to be cheap on things . In the past I have went the cheaper route and regretted it . I think I might give the ada a try just trying to figure out what light to get yet any help with that would be great too

Bump: Sorry what is bdbs and as lol

BDBS = Black Diamond Blasting Sand https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...xoCfCkQAvD_BwE
AS = Aqua Soil https://aquaforestaquarium.com/produ...mazonia-normal


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Thanks for answering for me @Immortal1
@Kfactor Tropica does really well too. I've used both and seem to be very similar so I'd just go whichever is cheaper and more readily available for you.
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My local pet place has the tropica stuff I might try . If I do go with the ada do u guys use the power sand and additives too for it ?
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For AS, I would skip power sand and additives.
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