Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
ADA Amazonia for an established tank? Other substrate recommendations?
From what I've read, Amazonia is probably the best active substrate for keeping live plants, but the ammonia leaching means the aquarium needs to cycle for awhile before any critters are added. Does anyone know of any way to prepare it for an established aquarium to minimize the resulting issues and make it safe for the inhabitants?
If not, are there any other active substrates that are great for plants that won't cause such issues? Heavier substrate that'll actually keep my plants from floating way would be a huge plus as well. I have Fluval Stratum, but several people have expressed a dislike for that as an active soil for shrimp keeping. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Recommendations for an inert substrate for my other aquarium are welcome as well, I currently use eco-complete, but also have flourite black sand. Is either better than the other for plants?