Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
ADA, RS Flora Base, Flourite, PFS?
I'm trying to decide what to use for my 160 gallon, and I don't want to buy substrate more than once, as I just can't afford it.
-I think Aquaforest will ship to me so I can get Aquasoil for $41 a bag shipped.
-I can get Red Sea Flora base for $30 a bag in Vancouver next week or $40 at my LFS.
-I have a lot of flourite and Shultz Aquatic Plant soil around I can use lying around. Probably three bags of each. Plus four and four in a running tank I can steal. I have enough flourite black to replace it.
-I have 100LBS of pool filter sand.
I have access to the new fluval substrate but it costs an arm and leg, and I find it hard to plant in as it's very light.
I have moderately hard water, about KH of 8 and GH of 9 or so from the tap. I want to try to lower that a bit, so I am considering ADA or Flora Base. I would like to add some flourite to that to add some weight and the PFS as a foreground. If I get the ADA I will use the flourite black to match and skip the PFS as I don't want to mix the ADA with too much stuff and ruin it if I ever tear the tank down. If I go with the Flora Base (much cheaper) I will mix it with the shultz and flourite and use the PFS.
Does anyone see issues with the Flora Base? It would be much cheaper to use it and I would prefer to go that way. I will mix it because I like the weight of the flourite and I'll save lots of money.
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