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Question Organic potting soil + Aquasoil?

Has anyone used Organic potting soil as a bottom layer and Aquasoil as a top layer?

Also would there be any issue in doing this? Like would they conflict with each other over time in any way?

Was thinking of doing this to save money and to be able to supply a good subtrate for my low tech no CO2 tank.

Any opinions would be appreciated.

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I'm think of doing the same. what did you decide? do let me know I'm about to plant it tomorrow. Do let me know. Any advisers, please help.
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Hey Kevin

I just setup two tanks recently. In one of them (20 gal high) I used the organic soil as the bottom layer and capped it off with almost 1" of aquasoil amazonia I. The other tank (55 gallon discus) I used the organic soil then pool filter sand as the cap.

For both I was happy with the results. The one capped with AS leaked out a lot of tannins and had to perform 90% WC's for 4-6 days in a row to get it completely clear again. The one capped with sand leaches tannins but is not as bad. Either way I havent had them setup long enough to notice any growth difference.

Hoping for the best and I'm sure I wont be disappointed.

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OK I'll try with MG with aqua soil on my 20gal long. will let you know about the result, thanks. And i like your 55 gallon planted discus tank, it is coming up very nice.
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Might try soaking the potting soil in a bucket for a few days (with water changes) to get rid of the tannins beforehand?

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