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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-25-2012, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Unsure about Substrate under cap!

Hello,

I'm a bit confused as to what substrate I should use under the cap.

The cap for the substrate would be ada amazonia regular or powder so the finer roots can get established. This amazonia is very difficult to find...

Underneath the amazonia I was hoping for a cheap but beneficial alternative, since the ada is too expensive for me to fill an entire tank with.

Considerations:
1. MGOCPM, but I'm afraid about the tannins/kicking up dust.
2. Inert sand with root tabs
3. Your recommendation!

Thank you!
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Would the mgocpm stay put under amazonia, i wonder?
Mgocpm was my initial choice...hmm, I will have to think about it.
Thanks for your input!
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If cost is an issue, then just omit the aquasoil and just do dirt with a sand cap. Never had any issues with growing hc or any other fine rooted plants in sand.


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I was wondering the same. I just bought a 5-gallon bucket of plant substrate from aquariumplants.com. I don't think it'll be enough to cover the tank with a few inches so I would need something under it.
Tempted to go the MGOCPM route
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Hmm. Maybe three layers...

1-MGOCPM
2-Thin layer of inert sand (to keep soil in place)
3-Cap with ada

The MGOCPM is definately cost efficient. It's priced at about $7 to $8 (usd) for a bag.
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isnt organic potting soil with a think sand cap ok?
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A lot of soil, even if organic, can have fertilizers/chemicals/manure that leeches out into the water over time.
People generally accept and use "Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix" since it's been successful for lots of people.
Exact wording on the label, btw.
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A lot of soil, even if organic, can have fertilizers/chemicals/manure that leeches out into the water over time.
People generally accept and use "Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix" since it's been successful for lots of people.
Exact wording on the label, btw.
Thanks! that's what i've been wondering!
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I mix flourite, Eco complete, and AS together in equal amounts. Click my sig link to see if it works good

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