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Equivalent product of Tropica Plant Growth Substrate in the USA?

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Iím setting up a planted nano this coming week, the first tank Iíve had the chance to set up since I moved from the UK to the USA. I thought I had brought half a bag of Tropica Plant Growth Substrate with me when I moved, but I couldnít find it today in my boxes of aquarium stuff and realised I threw it out in case there was an issue shipping stuff like that in our shipping container, wasnít sure if there were customs issues with organic material etc.

I therefore have the dilemma that I have ordered plants arriving early this week and now I donít have the substrate. I went online, only place I see it listed is Big Alís and its out of stock. Itís a small tank and I really donít have space in the layout to have a sand front and soil section for planting, it just doesnít work with the scape I have planned.

Iím wondering if there is a substrate more commonly available in the US that performs the same function as the Tropica Plant Growth Substrate? Iím look8mg for that base layer of nutrients that I can layer below inert sand so my Crypts can root feed.

Thanks in anticipation, hope you can help me!

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Could you do dirt with a sand cap? What about aqua soil?


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Both ADA Amazonia and UNS Controsoil are both good options readily available in the US


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I believe Amazonia and Controsoil are both soils, rather than a base Substrate that I can cap with inert sand. As I said in my original post, Iím scaping a nano tank where I donít have the space to have separate soil and sand areas, the sand will run front to back but I need a nutrient rich layer below the sand which I have previously achieved with the Tropica product which seems to be rare in the USA. I guess I may just have to use root tabs in the sand to root feed my crypts if there is no other solution, but Iím a little surprised nobody has released a similar product here. Iím finding time after time since moving to the USA that product availability seems to be significantly behind what was available in the UK and Europe.
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I believe Amazonia and Controsoil are both soils, rather than a base Substrate that I can cap with inert sand. As I said in my original post, Iím scaping a nano tank where I donít have the space to have separate soil and sand areas, the sand will run front to back but I need a nutrient rich layer below the sand which I have previously achieved with the Tropica product which seems to be rare in the USA. I guess I may just have to use root tabs in the sand to root feed my crypts if there is no other solution, but Iím a little surprised nobody has released a similar product here. Iím finding time after time since moving to the USA that product availability seems to be significantly behind what was available in the UK and Europe.


Thatís probably true. What youíre describing is what most people set up as a dirted tank. Organic Miracle Grow soil underneath a sand cap.


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Maybe something like seachem flourite then?


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Hi All,

Iím setting up a planted nano this coming week, the first tank Iíve had the chance to set up since I moved from the UK to the USA. I thought I had brought half a bag of Tropica Plant Growth Substrate with me when I moved, but I couldnít find it today in my boxes of aquarium stuff and realised I threw it out in case there was an issue shipping stuff like that in our shipping container, wasnít sure if there were customs issues with organic material etc.

I therefore have the dilemma that I have ordered plants arriving early this week and now I donít have the substrate. I went online, only place I see it listed is Big Alís and its out of stock. Itís a small tank and I really donít have space in the layout to have a sand front and soil section for planting, it just doesnít work with the scape I have planned.

Iím wondering if there is a substrate more commonly available in the US that performs the same function as the Tropica Plant Growth Substrate? Iím look8mg for that base layer of nutrients that I can layer below inert sand so my Crypts can root feed.

Thanks in anticipation, hope you can help me!

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Hi @wisey,

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Natural concentrate made of clay and peat fibres
So you could use a calcined clay product like Safe-T-Sorb. It has a high CEC like Tropica Substrate but it will lower the pH and hardness in the tank. There are several threads here on TPT covering Safe-T-Sorb.

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Thank you for all the advice. Hopefully I have understood what I have read here and in another thread about Safe-T-Sorb. I understand now that the Tropica substrate just absorbs and holds nutrients and makes it available to plant roots and therefore any other product that does the same will hopefully suffice. I tried to get hold of Safe-T-Sorb, but could not get it on Amazon and was finding it hard to get it in less than 40lb bags elsewhere which made shipping very expensive. I saw others discussing Turface MVP in the Safe-T-Sorb thread, so decided to try that as I could Prime that here by Wednesday. Fingers crossed I now have everything I need, my substrate should be here Wednesday and my plants should arrive from Buceplant on Wednesday also. I should be all set to scape my aquarium over the holidays!

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Hi All,



Iím setting up a planted nano this coming week, the first tank Iíve had the chance to set up since I moved from the UK to the USA. I thought I had brought half a bag of Tropica Plant Growth Substrate with me when I moved, but I couldnít find it today in my boxes of aquarium stuff and realised I threw it out in case there was an issue shipping stuff like that in our shipping container, wasnít sure if there were customs issues with organic material etc.



I therefore have the dilemma that I have ordered plants arriving early this week and now I donít have the substrate. I went online, only place I see it listed is Big Alís and its out of stock. Itís a small tank and I really donít have space in the layout to have a sand front and soil section for planting, it just doesnít work with the scape I have planned.



Iím wondering if there is a substrate more commonly available in the US that performs the same function as the Tropica Plant Growth Substrate? Iím look8mg for that base layer of nutrients that I can layer below inert sand so my Crypts can root feed.



Thanks in anticipation, hope you can help me!



Wisey


Could this be what youíre talking about?

https://shop.glassaqua.com/collectio...-aquarium-soil


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