Re: "ADA Aqua Soil new Amazonia" in lowtech. bad idea?
IMHO, AS grows great plants I would certainly recommend it. You do need to know some of its peculiarities: most people do a lot of water changes in the first couple of weeks, like 50-80% daily, especially if you also using PowerSand. I followed the same process with my very first AS tank and it was a pain with a 65g. With my last 4 AS tanks I did not use that practice but started with a ton of plants and seeded filters with no problems.
It does break down over time, but the amount that did over the last 2.5 years for me is negligible.
Many people complain that AS is to expensive. Once you figure out that AS us sold by volume and not by wait, you will find that filling a specific tank with AS costs pretty much the same as any other 'commercial' substrate, kitten litter, pool sand, MTS excluded.
I now use it exclusively for all my tanks, hi or low tech untill I find something better.
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