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MTS Drawbacks

Hello Everyone! Just wanted to know what the drawbacks or negatives are for MTS. Anyone who has experience with MTS please share. Also would you chose ADA Aquasoil or MTS? Just curious


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MTS is a mess to make, and if you live where you have no outdoor patio, deck or yard, you probably can't make it. It isn't comparable to ADA Aquasoil, because Aquasoil doesn't require a top layer, but MTS does. However, Aquasoil sheds ammonia for a few weeks and MTS doesn't.

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How messy is it when you plant and replant? How long does ADA aquasoil last?


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I capped my MTS with Flourite Black Sand. No mess really so far.

The only drawback is time. If you try to shortcut the mineralization process you'll end up with a burpy substrate.

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I capped my MTS with Flourite Black Sand. No mess really so far.

The only drawback is time. If you try to shortcut the mineralization process you'll end up with a burpy substrate.

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How long have you had the MTS in your tank?


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Since March 1. Gory details on blog.

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Hmmm I am having a really hard time figuring out what substrate to go with......I dont remember but I think I read somewhere that the ADA Aquasoil last only a year can anyone confirm?


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Anyone? Know if they above is true?


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Well, it can run out yes, but I believe it really comes down to what you have going on in the aquarium. I would say on average though that its more than a year for the average user on here but this is subjective and only a general guess.

MTS lasts. All of my tanks have it and its worth every minute to make. It can get mucky if you pull plants too quickly, but really any substrate breaks down eventually and will react very similar when you disturb it.

The only real drawback that I have experienced is that you need to give it a little fluff every now and then to kind of loosen it up. It does get pretty compacted and roots can/will suffer from it if you are not careful.

Thats about it. Go for it. You can't beat the cost of it in comparison to other substrates.


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Just to add a little to what Glenn said...
The roots almost burn a little if the soil gets impacted or turns anaerobic. I take the tip of my tweezers and turn the soil a little. This has definitely helped restore root health.
As far as plant growth goes MTS works really well. Some people also dose the water column, but you don't have to which is a nice option if you want to avoid dosing.

The next tank I do with MTS, I'm going to mix a little sand in with the soil to see if it helps keep the soil from compacting.

Definitely go for it!


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Wouldnt stirring the soil mix the soil layer and the top layer of whatever (pfs,gravel, etc)?


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Wouldnt stirring the soil mix the soil layer and the top layer of whatever (pfs,gravel, etc)?
Yes it would, however the soil particles, because of the very small size, would settle out to the bottom.


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