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Tropica Substrate is what exactly?

This is a question Tropica seemed reticent to answer directly when asked. I understand its a clay/sphagnum moss material to be used as a thin bottom layer below a cover of gravel.
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describe it as a nutrient source per sé and unlike soils it supposedly totally neutral. To quote them, it "
absorbs nutrients and makes them available for plant roots" which makes it sound like little more than a high CEC material. Is it viable long term them or will it deplete/compress in short order?



What have your experiences been with it?

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would you say that it's similar to flourite?

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This is a question Tropica seemed reticent to answer directly when asked. I understand its a clay/sphagnum moss material to be used as a thin bottom layer below a cover of gravel.
Tropica doesnt
describe it as a nutrient source per sé and unlike soils it supposedly totally neutral. To quote them, it "
absorbs nutrients and makes them available for plant roots" which makes it sound like little more than a high CEC material. Is it viable long term them or will it deplete/compress in short order?



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would you say that it's similar to flourite?

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The way I understand it, is that a true clay / peat (organic material) will have high CEC capable of storing nutrients.


No it is 100% opposite of Flourite.

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I guess my main question is: does it have a finite usefulness? If its just going to end up being inert substrate I'll skip it (I tend to keep setups going a minimum of 5 years), but if it confers some perpetual benefit I'd give it a shot.
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I guess my main question is: does it have a finite usefulness? If its just going to end up being inert substrate I'll skip it (I tend to keep setups going a minimum of 5 years), but if it confers some perpetual benefit I'd give it a shot.
I would just use an inert substrate from day 1, much easier to keep clean if you're in it for the long haul.

Black blasting sand, pool filter sand, fine grain aquarium specific gravel etc. etc.

But the Tropica stuff will last that long, but expect it to be all mixed into your cap, you'll certainly have to fertilize, and it will be harder to keep the tank clean in the long run (too much mulm build up)

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Yea, thats what I'm thinking. Some Peace River with root tabs will probably do me just as well.
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Yea, thats what I'm thinking. Some Peace River with root tabs will probably do me just as well.
If you are looking at low tech, I would do tabs with a simple all - in 1 fert for the water column.
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