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Want to use Aquasoil,but have a few questions.

In my 20g I'm using Onyx sand with a fake rock/beach foreground. Well, as much as I like the Onyx, a change is needed. So I'm going with the Aquasoil (Amazonia) with a Rio Negro Sand beach.
This is the point that I get lost.
SUBSTRATE ADDITIVES and POWER SAND
What do I need?
If Special power sand is used I don't need Bacter 100 and Clear Super.
Are Tourmaline BC, Iron bottom, and Multi Bottom still needed??

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DON'T DRIVE YOURSELF BANANAS!!

There are lots of ADA substrate additives out there! While they seem to bring something to the table, they are not needed.

I like Power Sand. I wrote a quite a bit about it in another thread. Some folks don't like Power Sand. Guess what? You don't need it either!

You will be COMPLETELY fine with just Aqua Soil. Plain old Aqua Soil. No Power Sand, no Bacter 100, no nothing! Plenty of people have had success with just Aqua Soil.

If you are still in doubt, you can always call Jeff Senske at ADG. He's an honest guy who will answer any of your questions.

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Thanks Mike...I am going a little overboard with this. so I went back and read a few of you post.
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I didn't dose NPK with Aqua Soil for quite some time ( I still run lead after several months),
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I think Power Sand is great as well. It is like a big, biological media mass for your substrate. Kind of like the ceramic noodles or bio-balls in a canister filter.

Now, that endorsement being said, there is an instance where I would not use Power Sand. I would not use Power Sand if I did not have a distinct aquascape in mind. Why? Well, the ADA substrate system is a layered substrate. Bigger grained Power Sand on the bottom and finer grained Aqua Soil on the top. Some folks will even use the super fine Aqua Soil Powder on top of that. Now, the natural occurance would be for the finer particals of substrate to work their way to the bottom of the aquarium, and the larger particles of the substrate to work their way to the top. If you have a planned aquascape in mind, and don't imagine yourself pulling up and moving plants very often, if at all, you won't be shifting the substrate around and mixing up the layers. You would be utilizing the ADA substrate system as it was designed. You would also be maintaining the asthetic of the substrate. The larger grains of Power Sand remain on the bottom of the aquarium where they belong. That is important as Power Sand is large grained pieces of vermiculite, coated with peat, Bacter 100 and some other nutrients and minerals. Vermiculite is white, the dark color on the Power sand is a result of the coating. So, if you pull up the Power Sand and the coating wears off, you'll have.........bits of white substrate all about...................................If you haven't really decided on an aquascape design and have heard all about ADA substrates and want to give them a try, by all means go for it! ADA is the best substrate I have ever used! Just skip the Power Sand. You will still have a magnificently nutrient rich, biologically active substrate. You will still experience great plant growth.
This post has most of the info that I was looking for. Well,this is for my 1st scape, And I dont plan on changes once it is finshed. so I'm going to try the power sand out.
Thanks Mike,your post have been a great help.
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Great!

Aqua Soil will not dissapoint! Just be patient and run things lean for a while.

Also, order it from ADG if you can. The Senske's have given so much to the hobby in general and our forum in particular.

Call your order in and talk to Jeff while you are at it. He'll give you some pointers and tips and let you know just what to expect!


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Aqua Soil will not dissapoint!
Talk about an understatement. If anything, be prepared to double/triple the amount of time spent pruning back your plants. It's insane how fast they grow in the AquaSoil!

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Momotaro,

If you dont use Power Sand, do you think you still need to add the powders ? Like Bacter 100, Clear Super, Penac P and W ??

Can you also give me the link where you wrote about the Power Sand ?

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You should be fine without the powders, DR.V. The soil is the thing.

I'll look for my comments and try and post a link. My advice in the meantime would be to look through this section for any ADA substrate threads and read, read read!


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