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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-04-2006, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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What is the best substrate?

I am tearing down my 125 to start over.
What is the best substrate?
What is the current trend?

I was thinking of 2 tone kinda color thing...dark and light?

All dark is fine too. I have substrate heating and high tech
set up....I want the absolute best...even it it means mixing
5 different thing. Educate me please.


I currently have 1 year old ecomplete.....re use it? Toss it?
Tank was plagued by bba and snails.
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Toss the substrate and take a look at ADA Amazonia soil, with the assumption that you're keeping fish such as discus.

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Yup, that's what I'd suggest too. Read up on the ADA product line though, as I hear recommended dosing is a bit different than with other substrates.


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some say soilmaster select is great 'for the money'. thats what i'd do if i had a big tank to plant like that. buuut if you have a couple hundred bucks to spend on it go for ADA stuff. they have lots of different colors and types of soils:

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Ok....well enough. ADA it is. Im going to listen this time to every word you guys say.

Amazonia it is...

How many liters (how it's sold) will I need. Keep in mind the cable substrate heater.
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aquasoil, aquasoil, aquasoil. That is all I would use. What are the dimesions of your tank?


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It's a 125....6 ft long....


Should I mix in any of the thier products?

Whats the power sand for?

I want the best performing substrate I can get.

(I have a black thumb...so I need this advantage)
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72Ēx18Ēx21Ē is that the dimesions? If so 6 bags should do it. Power sand provides some macro nutrients. PS special is suposed to have some other stuff in it as well. I use it but it is not necessary.


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Thanks. 6 bags it is then.

I'll post agin when I get it, and
we will move on to step 2.
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hey I need Aqua soil. my tank is 48" X 15" X 18" how many bags do I need? and what size bags? the 9 liter ones?

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3 bags should be enough, get 4 if you want to tier it.


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mm.. I do I do.. now that you mention it.. how do you tier?
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My only reservation with new AS is the pH has gone so very low. But the fish are OK. But after seeing Wayne Sham's tank, I'm wondering if one has really soft water to start with, perhaps a combo of Africana and Amazonia might be a nice ticket. My plants do love the AS, even without much CO2 yet. I'm adding crushed coral at the moment to allow some CO2 without dumping the pH below 5.8... Any thoughts...?





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mm.. I would find some rocks that raise PH. then break them up and palce them in the filter. for example.. my 15 gallon eclipse. Had its gravel (which kept the pH at around 7.0) replaced with flourite with does nothing. I took soem rocks form my 72 gallon and put them in the filter tray and now it is a constant 6.5 for the past 3 weeks or so anyway.
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