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Large Grain Sand or Aquasoil

I'm contemplating setting up a little Fluval Edge 6 gallon tank to use for DSMing plants. I have a bag of Petco large grain black sand left over, but I was wondering if I should splurge a bit and get aqua soil or something like that from ADA?
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Do it, get the aquasoil.
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Do it, get the aquasoil.
Lol appreciate the reply. Any explanation on why you would choose that?
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Aquasoil is rich in nutrients for a good amount of time and leeches ammonia when first setup to start a fishless cycle.

Search aquasoil on here and you'll find threads on threads on threads about this stuff.

Sand is inert and compacts over time which chokes plant roots.


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Sand has no cationic exchange capacity. The better substrates can hold the fertilizer in a way that the plants can get them, acting as a reserve supply.
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