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Anyone ever use this in their aquarium? If you have, then what are your opinions?
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I use it in my 50g planted tank, its a cheap substrate that works great. I like it, some people don't like the color but I think it look very natural. It is however light in weight making it hard to plant some plants, but I find it easy for me to plant anything.
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I also bought some peat. Should the peat go under or on top of the Aquatic soil?
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Underneath, I believe. When the substrate is too heavy, I've used small lead weights to help hold plants down.
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I also bought some peat. Should the peat go under or on top of the Aquatic soil?
Yep, the peat moss should be placed underneath the substrate, which what I did as well. If you ever need to add some more, you could always use coffee filters, fill it up with peat, tie it up and drop it in your canister filter if you have one.
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I use it and love it. Only problem is it's too light, but it works well enough.
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What about adding some gravel on top of the AS? Or shoulf I just return the bag and look for something different? I think too many layers of too many different substrates would be a PITA to maintain--and look plain fugly. =P
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I use the stuff and like it a lot... though I got a bag of pea-gravel that is somewhat simmilar in color and added placed some on the top. Helped to hold the plants down.

Eventually (after a couple moves) the pea gravel mixed in with the shultz and seems to work even better as a mix of light and heavy.

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You may add what ever you like on top of it, however it would probably take a week or so for the plants to root, by then you are good to go.
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I use it. love it. works great. but yeah being light lets it get blown around some.


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I've got it in my 10. But I capped it with an inch or so of a fine gravel. I did manage to get some HC to stay put in it (growing v*e*r*y slowly as this is a low-tech tank.) I think the things it's got going for it is wide availability and a decent price.

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I'm new to planted tanks, but decided to use it. I've had it planted for three weeks and so far so good. I put a very fine layer of peat under it - just a dusting over the bottom of the tank. I didn't rinse it when I put it in, but I did fill the tank VERRRRRY slowly - about 1/3 of the tank per day over the course of three days so that may have helped. I put a plate on top of it and had a very slow flow going onto the plate. I have Cryptocorynes and a couple of Echinodorus in it so nothing very hard to plant. I have an Ancistrus sp. and some Corydoras julii in the tank right now, have not fertilized until today when I put a couple of Flourish tabs at the base of the swordplants. Someday when I have a decent camera I'll take some pictures. HTH.

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