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How much ADA AquaSoil for a 20 Long?

I'm going to set up a 20 long for my ram pair now that I know they are a mated pair. (They had their very first spawn Saturday and I saw wigglers this morning)
I would like to use the ADA AquaSoil for the tank but I would like to know how many bags I need. I am not going to be making any hills or anything, I'm planning for it to just be flat.
I also know that the substrate leaches ammonia for a while which is fine with me because it will cycle my tank pretty much by itself
I'm hoping I can just go with one bag because it is so expensive and I am going to buy some other stuff from there.

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I bet 2 9L bags will do it with some leftover. One might work if you want a bed that is kinda thin
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I really don't want to spend $60 on substrate though. Does anyone know where I can order it cheaper than the ADA-USA website? Or maybe I can mix it half and half with Eco-Complete. That would have to give me good plant growth!!
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You could always use dirt and cap it.
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I think I did mine with Power Sand Special-S, 1 9L bag of normal amazonia and a 3L bag or so of powder type. You could get away with 1 9L bag but it'd be a thinnish layer. Maybe an inch at best if even.


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One bag will be enough. You'll be about 1.5" deep.
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You could always use dirt and cap it.
Dirt on the bottom and AS on top?

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I think I did mine with Power Sand Special-S, 1 9L bag of normal amazonia and a 3L bag or so of powder type. You could get away with 1 9L bag but it'd be a thinnish layer. Maybe an inch at best if even.
Interesting..

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One bag will be enough. You'll be about 1.5" deep.
That's deep enough for me. As long as it holds the plants in and provides enough for a strong root system, it's fine with me

How often would I have to replace this? If I have to replace it every year or something, I might just be better off going with Ec-Complete and dirt.
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I was saying skip the AS... mixing it with dirt isn't the best idea. And i don't know if 1.5" is enough. I suppose its preference, but I have my tank at 3-4" at the thinnest, very easy to keep plants down.
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Ohh... What should I cap it with then?
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