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Safe T Sorb and Aquasoil Combo?

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I'm setting up 2 nano tanks and redoing my 10 gallon. I bought a 9l bag of aquasoil in hopes of stretching it out for all 3 tanks. I'm not really interested in going 3' deep for the substrate. The 2 nanos are ordinary rectangular tanks (like mini 10's), so the foot print isn't like the cubes that everyone else uses.

Sooooo....in reading a lot about Safe T Sorb, I was thinking about using a small layer underneath the aquasoil to not only take up space, but I was thinking I'd also get some other benefits from it as well. It is made of that montmorollonite clay, which is something I use in my other shrimp tank. What do you guys think? I know some will say don't use it because everything will get mixed up and it won't look right, but I was thinking of just using it in the back half of the tank, underneath where the slope would be.

Let me know what you think, or if you can add any ideas, or if you just want to call me an idiot because my idea is stupid (but then I'll cry). I know at the ADA store they do recommend using something under the aquasoil for the collection of BB (forgot what they were selling).
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I think you are on the right track. Using sts on the bottom layer would be the preferred method as you know ADA recommends powersand as a base layer which houses beneficial bacteria. By using AS above STS, youll likely get the best of bother worlds given that sts is inert and requires fertilizing (if you dont precharge) while AS by it self is choc full of nutrients.

If you are setting up a new tank, consider looking at the substrate supplements offered by ADA and the penac products. It should give the tank an unsually quick jumpstart with deep reaching root growth. G/L


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Thanks Albert. Glad you said that as I already bought the STS without asking first! I'm going to take me time with the setup, so I won't be using any additives in the substrate. I have been running the sponge filters for these tanks in my other tanks for a couple of weeks already.

The STS came in today as did my 16" Fuge! All the components are coming together. I should be setting up this weekend.
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STS is being used in 3 of my tanks. Never spent so little to get so much out of a substrate. you'll love it


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Safe T Sorb and Aquasoil Combo?

You're making me real happy I got this stuff! This should really benefit my 2.5 gallon which will house shrimp, right? I'm guessing the clay will help with the molting, since I use the powder form I got from you in my current shrimp tank. And I do want to soak it with some ferts before using.
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Question on the soaking with ferts.....I'm only using a little sts for, maybe 2 or 3 pounds. How much water and ferts should I use, and how long should I soak?
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What I did last time was to mix my mineral ferts with RO water as concentrated as possible. Then I used enough of that liquid mix to cover the STS and let it sit for two hours. It would probably be better to soak it longer, but I was in a hurry.

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Mikw is on the right track. you are allowing the high cec clay to absorb the nutrients then release it slowly over time. I did the same presoak but let mine soak for a good 8 days or so. while just ensuring that the water level was above the substrate in the bucket, never allowing it to air dry.


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Safe T Sorb and Aquasoil Combo?

Alright, sounds simple enough. Thanks for the info guys.
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