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Is oe bag of ADA Aqua Soil Enough for a planted 20 Gallon?

Just curious, thanks guys!
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I was told by George Lo and his brother from Aquaforest that the bigger bag was enough for a 15 gallon, which has the same footprint as a 20 high. If you have a 20 long you might want to get some more. Hope that helps!


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Well, My tank dimensions are 24x12x16...so I think I just have a 20gal, not high, and not long, just...regular, which according to the substrate calculator, would give me about 2 inches of substrate depth. Is this enough for a heavily planted tank?
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Well, My tank dimensions are 24x12x16...so I think I just have a 20gal, not high, and not long, just...regular?

Correct, thats a 20H. One 9 liter bag of AS will be enough.

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Oh ok...I mean...the tank is longer then it is high...but it is still considered a 20H?

Thanks for clearing this up =)
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It is higher than a 20 long! Haha, yes that is the standard name for a tank with your dimentions. There is also a 20 super high which is the size of two ten gallons stacked on top of each other. I have one that I let a coworker set up on his desk. It is a pretty cool size.


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Great! Thanks!

Can you suggest anywhere online(USA) that I can order plants? My area on has one really good LFS, and they don't have much in the way of carpet or moss plants.
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I think those names came about because petstores needed a way to tell the difference between the two sizes of 20 gallons. One is "high" and one is "long" compared to the other. I always thought a 20 high wasn't all that "high". It looks more like a cube to me.


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As far as ordering plants, why not post a "want" add in the swap and shop section of this forum? Or you can check out our sponsors - they always have a great selection of products and plants.

Personally, I will only every get plants from other hobbyists now a days. They have a MUCH higher level of quality and a much lower price. An added benefit is that hobbyist grown plants have all been converted to submersed form, while a lot of farmed plants are grown emersed. Plants grow a slightly different leaf structure when they are up out of the water, and converting to their underwater form can put stress on the plant. Many times you end up with a bit of ugly growth and some lost leaves before the plants grow back.


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Great! Thanks for all the info!
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I have 1 9L amazonia and 1 PS+ S for my standard 20g. I wish i went with a bit more substrate. Probably 12L total. I wouldn't have minded having an extra 6L sitting around for other projects. =p
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do you really need to put AS Powder type to AS amazonia or is it optional? what does it do?

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Powder is for aesthetics. Not necessary at all.

A lot of people don't like it. It is supposed to break down very rapidly.

In college....so no aquariums for a while.....
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It is higher than a 20 long! Haha, yes that is the standard name for a tank with your dimentions. There is also a 20 super high which is the size of two ten gallons stacked on top of each other. I have one that I let a coworker set up on his desk. It is a pretty cool size.
I have a 25g X-high (or whatever its called), which is basically a VERY tall 15g or 20H. The dimensions are: 24 x 12 x 20(h)
So, one 9L bag would be enough for this as well...

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I think it would be okay, but shaving it a little close. I'd order Power Sand though. Give you a little extra depth.

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