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Question Mixing Aquarium Soil and Soil Powder?

I've seen some journals mention blending soil and soil powder, and have been wondering what the benefit is to this? Is it purely aesthetic? Does the blend allow for ease of planting? Would these not separate over time?
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I've seen some journals mention blending soil and soil powder, and have been wondering what the benefit is to this? Is it purely aesthetic? Does the blend allow for ease of planting? Would these not separate over time?
Can you point to a post that mentions this?

There are so called "super soils" that is basically just fertilizer chopped fine that you put as the bottom layer of substrate and then completely cover with aquasoil. The so called "super soil" replenishes the aquasoil with nutrients as it is depleted. Or at least, that is the idea, how effective it actually is, is kind of up for debate.

I have not seen anyone mix dirt together with aquasoil evenly though there is at least one journal floating around of someone who capped dirt with aquasoil. In my opinion this is unnecessary but it undeniably worked for that person.

More often you see folks (such as myself in my spec v) that capped aquasoil with sand or gravel. I did it because I don't like the look of aquasoil so I added the sand for aesthetic reasons. By happy accident sand is also much better at holding plants down so it makes planting much easier.

Which do you mean? Or are you referring to something else entirely?



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@minorhero, I'll have to syphon through my subscriptions to find which post it was, but I do not mean mixing dirt with aquasoil. Tropica has aquasoil, and aquasoil powder. Same product, just finer grain as far as I can tell.
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@minorhero, I'll have to syphon through my subscriptions to find which post it was, but I do not mean mixing dirt with aquasoil. Tropica has aquasoil, and aquasoil powder. Same product, just finer grain as far as I can tell.
"Tropica Soil Powder" is just their regular aquasoil that has smaller grains. Mostly useful if its going to be visible it will look slightly better then the regular size.



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