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help me decide which substrate

im between the ada aquasoil and flourite black sand am also considering BDS, i realize all but the ada will require root tabs from the very start, which isnt a issue. i also have read that the CEC of the flourite is very minimal and is filled rather quickly. I would just like some opinions on a good black substrate that wont cause me to go crazy planting carpeting plants in and wont compact. about the aquasoil from what ive read it is easier to get that going and cycled by using the DSM but after a few years the substrate starts to turn to a mush.

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Forgot to ask how "easy" is it to plant in just the normal flourite black?

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I think for you ADA Aquasoil Amazonia would be best because flourite is not the greatest for carpeting. Also if its a new tank i think ADA Aquasoil cycles a bit quicker.
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hmm just found out there is a amozonia light which sounds much more forgiving and less labor intensive at the start as it does not contain nearly as much ammonia.

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I have the Amazonia light. This would be my choice.

I dont like the look of Black substrate- too unnatural.

The only issues from this substrate was due to my own inexperience with it. I just had a problem with dust because I pulverized the soil by spending to much time arranging hardscape in the beginning. Best not to put it in until sure how you want everything to look --- moving around rocks and wood breaks the structure down.
I ended on capping mine with some sand to keep dust down. It is much better now.
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