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Dry start with which substrate?

Hi guys, I have a friend who's starting a 2.5 gallon dry start with some MM but I dont know what to recommend her. She's hoping to have a couple of OEBT after several months. Should she go with top soil, capped with sand for the dry start or go for something like amazonia, fluval SS, or akadama? What would be the best substrate for dry start and OEBT?
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I have akadama and love it. For emersed plants, I've never had such great results with any other substrate, but that's just me. When filled, I heard it has similar effects on your water as aquasoil does, as well. Also, you can't beat the CEC of unbaked clay.

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wait...you're saying you have great results for emersed growth with akadama? if so, im about to order a 15l bag from sns...maybe i can use some too...
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it's kind of amazing. I have yet to test for submerged growth, but I'm doing a dsm w/ hc and carpeting plants and it's growing in extremely well. I thought the larger grain size would hinder, but no issues so far. I have no mold or algae either, (an issue I've always had with other substrates in emersed setups) This may be chance, or have something to do with the higher pH? Not sure, but it's great.

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get the double red line akadama if you can. it holds together longer than most other brands.
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yup. prob gonna try redline akadama. first time not using AS. hows akadama for BTOE? i heard akadama sucks up some minerals making the water really soft.
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yup. prob gonna try redline akadama. first time not using AS. hows akadama for BTOE? i heard akadama sucks up some minerals making the water really soft.
Yes due to the high CEC, akadama will remove a lot of the mineral in the water for the first few weeks, just make sure to monitor and add them back when necessary. After the first few weeks it wont be an issue.
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hmm...ok. shrimps wont go in for at least 2 months so if its just a few weeks, i can wait. An order should be going your way nilocg, hopefully end of this week.
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Sounds good, if you have any more questions let me know.

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