Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: 2713 Del Monte Avenue, El Cerrito CA
mixing AS amazonia with other subs & sand areas
I am fairly new to this forum and planted tanks, although I have kept aquariums with plants for years. I finally pulled the trigger and got 2 ADA tanks, a 90p and a 120p and want to scape them. I went a bought 1 9L bag of amazonia, some UP aqua shrimp sand, Mr. Aqua water plants soil, natural light colored sand and gravel, and have some black tahitian moon sand too.
My question is can I layer AS with these with other soils/substrates or is this always a mess? My preference being that it's on the bottom to reduce mess upon cleaning and planting.
I do like that the amazonia does do some buffering, as my water is 8.2 out of the tap, but I am not planning on keeping soft water fishes. And am concerned if I go all amazonia that each W/C (with tap) will cause a ph roller coaster so I'd rather it buffer the water more slightly to deal with the increasing hardness I get from evaporation on open top tanks and maybe bring it closer to 7.5 ish. My water is moderatately hard and the kh is is about 5-6 and gh about 6-7.
I do not plan on CO2 but may add it later if necessary.
My livestock planning is:
These I already have:
2 varities of endlers
L-144 bristlenose plecos & super reds
**maybe betta or aquatic frogs from other tanks for population control
**maybe painted red cherry shrimp culls?
And these I have yet to obtain:
and either p. gertrudae, p. furcatas, and/or oryzias woware
My ideal would be to use some aquasoil on the botttom, UP shrimp sand on top (because I find it doesn't cloud) and at least in a part of the tank(s) a sandy river bottom type area. Is there some structure I can create underneath to at least keep the sand area and aquasoil separate?
Complicating matters, one tank cannot wait (due to endler explosion & fast growing plecs) months to cycle. I have seeded material from many established tanks, many small extra seeded filters and plants, but I know that won't be enough for a full AS tank to be ready quickly becuase each tank will have a large virgin canister filter that will be their main filter. If I just use a smaller amount of AS in each tank does that make the cycling process and ammonia leaching quicker?
And I am sure this may have been asked before but I have not found it, so links to other peoples experience with photos would be awesome.
Thanks for reading!