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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-31-2006, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tetrapond Aquatic Compost

I have been reading the low tech natural planted tank experiment at the practical fishkeeping website


Part of the article advises the use of Tetrapond aquatic compost as a base layer. This idea intrigues me as for 25 Litres of this productthe cost is £10 ($20).

I have been toying with the idea of using Eco complete but in the uk this is £25 per bag ($50) and would be very expensive to 100% Fill my new 47GAL.

Does anyone have any experience using Tetrapond or any thoughts opinions?

The below link has a pretty good description of the product

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I think a compost type substrate is more appropriate for low-tech/lower growth setups that require less maintenance.

A high-tech/higher growth setup may disturb the compost through maintenance and root growth resulting in migration i.e. the compost entering the water column and resulting in clouding/possible nutrient overload.

It's certainly cheaper that ADA Aqua Soil + Power Sand though.

So I guess we need to know what kind of setup you intend running.
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Be aware there is a huge difference between the average pond and an aquarium. What works in one will not necessarily work in the other.
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Well basically I have a Juwel Rio 180 Ready and waiting to become my one big tank instead of multiple smaller tanks, I am contemplating going for a low -tech planted tank with this but also increasing the light and maybe a small DIY C02 set up as I want to go low tech, but the higher end of low tech if you know what I mean.

I have been trying to find a way to get a good substrate at a reasonable price.

I have to honestly say based on my reading and advice given that I am definitly thinking of just biding my time a little bit more and going for either Eco-complete or ADA aquasoil as I am, as im sure most people are, a bit of a fiddler and the idea of constantly disrupting layers of substrate makes me think being cheap is going to cause me more headaches than a little bit of patience and the increased cost of the single substrate I want.

Just wanted to add George that your threads and tanks have been a bit of an inspiration, there seems to be a lack of great planted tanks with UK owners and yours was one I always admired.
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