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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-14-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Aqua Soil alone or with power sand?

I recently purchased some ADA amazonia new aqua soil as well as the power sand special. I have been gathering supplies for my new 60-P setup and the time has come for me to set it up. My original plan was to use the aqua soil over a layer of power sand special to get the benefits of the additives in the power sand as well as increasing the depth of my substrate. Now that the time has come for me to set everything up Im thinking that I should only use the aqua soil. I feel that over time, from replanting and what not, that the power sand will end up mixing with the aqua soil, ruining the nice homogenous look of the aqua soil.

Have any of you experienced this? Has anyone done what I planned on doing with the layer of power sand only to wish they hadn't?

If you could, please post some of your experiences/thoughts on this.

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Re: Aqua Soil alone or with power sand?

My very first AS tank was with powersand. Can you say 90% WC daily for 2 weeks? And it does pop up all over the place. The next 4 tanks were AS only.

I have to say that the tank with PS seems to grow plants the best. Don't really know if that's because of PS or for some other reason.

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Power sand definitely helps with nutrients. If you plan on planting nutrients hungry plants, it will for sure help their growth. However, I've had issues with power sand "special" as they are super rich in nutrients, and you will need to change water A LOT in the beginning. I personally recommend using the regular power sand over power sand special.
To mitigate the mixing issue, you can put a nylon mesh on top of power sand, below aqua soil. You can get something similar to screens you use in screen doors/windows.
Final words. You need to be very careful with replanting when using aqua soil. Soil will break up really easily and it will cloud your water if not done carefully.
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