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Hi. I am setting up a 5.5 gallon. This time I decided to get me some substrate additives from Aqua Forest. One thing I got is Bacter 100. I am wondering how much I should add to the bottom of the substrate and I am also wondering where this goes. Does it go directly on the glass or after the power sand? Seeing as the description for the additives are in japanese I am not sure how much to use or where to place it other than on "the bottom". Thanks.

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The ADA site states "To be applied at the bottom of the substrate at setup or to the aquarium water when necessary."

I would put it right on top of the power sand. Either way within time it will get taken up into the substrate once the tank is filled.

EDIT: If you look at this video at the beginning it shows that they placed power sand first then additives on top. Will also give you a general feel on how much to put.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJdMX...layer_embedded

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Thanks for the video! I didnt even think to look on youtube and I am subscribed to them!

Another question... Power sand looks like regular old gravel. Could I just use some gravel to subsitute for power sand?

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Thanks for the video! I didnt even think to look on youtube and I am subscribed to them!

Another question... Power sand looks like regular old gravel. Could I just use some gravel to subsitute for power sand?
That video is actually right off the ADA web site.

IMO power sand is not needed and you could just use all AS for your substrate. You can still use bacter 100. I would put a .5-1" layer of AS then bacter 100 then on top put the rest of the AS.

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Sounds good, thanks!

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Doubt you cold over do it on bacteria, if there are too many the excess will simply starve.
But then again, what the heck is bacter 100 anyway?


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