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ADA Power Sand or just bacter/super clear

Im going to convert my 10gal over to an aqua soil tank and had a few questions. First, how much aqua soil do I need to cover? Second, should i buy the Power Sand Special as it contains bacter and super clear to use underneath or just use the amazonia new and sprinkle some bacter and super clear under it? Third, should I cap with sand? I would classify myself as an avid re-planter so don't know if sand is a good idea or not.

any input/experience would be great as I'm going to hit the store for whatever I need on monday.
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Power sand is nice but not necessary. Personal choice. I always use it but some members do just fine without it. Additives always go at the bottom of your soil layer. Sand cap isn't necessary and just plain aquasoil looks better IMO.


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i knew the additives go on the bottom. I should have been more specific with what sand i was thinking of capping with. Anyway, i think its cheaper if I go with Power Sand Special than to buy a bottle of bacter and a bottle of super clear. I know the two bottles will yield multiple uses but for start up costs i think Power sand would be just fine. Not to mention the added water circulation the powersand will provide.
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power sand and ps special are also great for building up a slope.
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Power sand and a bottle of Bacter would be good to have around. You can add the Bacter on algae to kill Cyano.
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Well if I was doing it, I would buy some regular powersand to go on the bottom, the bottles of additives, and then the layer of Aquasoil over it. But if you want to cut corners that's fine. I don't see why you would do that when you're already going through all that trouble.
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Well if I was doing it, I would buy some regular powersand to go on the bottom, the bottles of additives, and then the layer of Aquasoil over it. But if you want to cut corners that's fine. I don't see why you would do that when you're already going through all that trouble.
How is cutting corners when there's no evidence those things offer anything anyone can see or measure or justify to begin with?I do not keep voodoo dolls on my tanks, am I cutting corners? There is a lot Science has not yet discovered after all.

I could add pumice or small lava and make the same claims. The high levels of NH4 in the ADA will cycle and supplies all the nutrients, all power sand does is provide space. That space is highly questionable if it's helpful or not.
Plants and the roots have bacteria already on them. ADA new tank set ups get 50-80% water changes every 2-3 days. Cycling is a non issue as are products marketed to increase cycling.

So it's not cutting corners really, it's not using a product that is highly questionable.

I've used both, and the plain old soil alone works the same as the other full set up. I also used the lava, same thing as the ADA AS alone and the full suite of products.




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Thanks Tom, all i was trying to get across was that i could save some money buy the power sand special which already contains the bacter and the super clear instead of buying 2 separate bottles of each. Im not cutting corners, I'm just taking a different route to the same corner. And as you stated, i may want to use the powersand to gain some height and put some slopes here and there. Right now I have a fully planted 55gal that has nothing in it but inert black gravel and my plants are doing just fine. Im setting up a small 10 gal plant only tank to try out ADA's products as well as blast CO2 and light without the worry of gassing my fish. I love me an experiment.

Thanks everyone for the responses. Heading over to the ADA store by me now. Pretty psyched we finally have one in the north east. Ill post some feedback on the store when I get back.
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