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what is the best substrate known to the planted tank, and i dont care how much it cost
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Okay, I'll start the war....Onyx sand......Eco complete.....soilmaster.....pick one....DC
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Okay, I'll start the war....Onyx sand......Eco complete.....soilmaster.....pick one....DC

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I like my Flourite, but hear some really great things about the ADA stuff.

FWIW "Best" is in the eye of the beholder.

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That might be the key statement....ADA stuff, from what I hear. Personally, I use Eco and Flourite and am happy with it.

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I've heard of some pretty rockin' root growth using plain old garden soil, but you have to be careful with it.

I personally have used Soilmaster Pro Select Charcoal, Turface, Flourite, ecoComplete, and fine flint gravel + laterite. So far I think the Soilmaster Pro Select Charcoal is my favorite, with Flourite as a close second.


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I have Soil Master Select Red and I love it!!! I think second best I would go with Eco Complete. (and the Soil Master only cost $10 to do a 90 gallon tank)

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i use eco and love it, but i would love to try the ada stuff.

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ADA is bar none the best stuff.


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ADA is bar none the best stuff.

Would choose eco only because I havent tried the stuff above.

And would most likely vote ADA because of initial grief caused b eco.

However, ADA seems to be some sort of mystery product like the soilmaster select.

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I would have to say its gotta be ADA Aqua Soil hands down! and for those of you who don't believe this, go grab a bag for yourself and try it and you will be amazed at the plant growth you will witness...............
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I would have to say its gotta be ADA Aqua Soil hands down! and for those of you who don't believe this, go grab a bag for yourself and try it and you will be amazed at the plant growth you will witness...............
Where? Am I able to pickup locally?

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I think you could try giving Jeff a call at ADG...I usually pick mine up at Aqua Forest in SF, CA............
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I really wish people would quit asking this question.

In college....so no aquariums for a while.....
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Best is so subjective.

If you like black, try (decreasing cost) ADA, Eco, onyx, and SM select.

If you like red, try (edit:ADA) fluorite, SM Select

If you like sand, try ADA product, Laplace luster, quartz sand, "play sand"

And there are may other thinks people have tried including kitty litter and making layers etc...

If cost is no object, I would like to use gold nuggets. I will personally test the viability of gold as a substrate if the members would be kind enough to send an appropriate volume.


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I really wish people would quit asking this question.
Do you mean "which is the best substrate?" or "where do I get ADA products locally?". You don't HAVE to read threads with the 'same old topic' if you don't want to. There's nothing wrong with asking questions, please don't make the newbs feel bad for asking. If you don't feel like repeating yourself, just let someone else answer.


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