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New tank with ADA Amazonia

OK, I'm going to be setting up a new 14 gallon tank (Oceanic Bio-cube), and I can't wait to try out the ADA Aqual Soil Amazonia.
It was recommended that I use:
2- 3 liter bags of the Aqual Soil Amazonia.
1- 2 liter bag of Power Sand.
And the Tourmaline BC.

I've only used Flourite in the past, and am looking to get input from anyone else who has used the ADA substrate system.

Thanks

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i switched from fluorite to AS Amazonia and I loooooooove it. Nice and soft, nice color and the plants are growing like mad. I didn't do the power sand, I just did a dusting of the dried peat at the bottom just to save money.
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Thanks for the tip. I'll probably go that route.

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Thanks for the tip. I'll probably go that route.
Walter, there is quite a bit of peat already in the mix. They are the floaters. I don't think you need to add anything. Just the AS, unless you wanna do the cliche sandy front, which sure looks cool, usless you have some Corys...

And watch for a little NH4 in there the first month or so. I had to add some zeolite since I had all my fish in my tank.





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Thanks for the heads up Bob.
I've decide to go straight AS, no sandy beaches, very simplistic, and plain.
The better news is that I have nothing pre-disposed to go into this tank, so I can start with just a bunch of plants, and no fish.

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How large are those bags of Aqual Soil Amazonia in pounds? 3 liters doesnt really tell me anything when i hear liters i think soda bottles, About how many do i need to purchase for my 55 gallon.
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Can't do it by weight. I will say that a 9 litre bag to me looked like it was ~2-2.5 bags of flourite.
Best bet, give Jeff a call or drop him an e-mail:
Aqua Design Amano USA/ADGshop.com- now available in the U.S.A, prouldy offered by Aquarium Design Group. The finest planted aquarium products.

he was a great help to me, and responds very quickly.

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thanks this has been killing me hard to purchase if you dont know how much your getting
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you do know, it goes by volume. Its 3 or 9L bags just convert it to square inches. Figure out how much you need based on volume.


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thanks this has been killing me hard to purchase if you dont know how much your getting
Well, if 4 nine liter bags nicely fill a 18"x48" footprint, you could calculate off of that if its easier. I'd say Tazcrash was pretty close when comparing to the flourite bags.





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Thanks very helpfull i kept tring to picture a 9 liter bottle worth of soil in a bag wasnt working.
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Bio cube has a 15"X15.5" footprint.

A 1" deep layer of substrate = 15" x 15.5" x 1" = 232.5 cubic inches

Multiply this by the amount of inches deep you want the substrate to be. For a back-to-front slope use the average between the high and low depths.

3 litres of Aqua Soil = 183 cubic inches
9 liters of Aqua Soil = 549 cubic inches

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I've got a couple of questions on your 14.

Is the entire top hinged like the 8 or does it just sit on top like the 29?

How close to the bottom is the bottom of the lower intake? The 8 is too low (IMO) for good substrate depth, while the 29 is plenty high for good depth.

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OK, I'm going to be setting up a new 14 gallon tank (Oceanic Bio-cube), and I can't wait to try out the ADA Aqual Soil Amazonia.
It was recommended that I use:
2- 3 liter bags of the Aqual Soil Amazonia.
1- 2 liter bag of Power Sand.
And the Tourmaline BC.

I've only used Flourite in the past, and am looking to get input from anyone else who has used the ADA substrate system.

Thanks
Wayne, you talked your wife into it??? Good job!
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