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Adding ADA Amazonia on top of Flourite

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I have a 4 gallon Nano tank that I am going to set up this weekend. I have a 3-liter bag of ADA Amazonia and small bag of ADA Bright Sand. I am pretty sure that I am going to have some Amazonia left over and probably some Bright Sand as well.

Question is: I have a fully planted 10 gallon that has been up and running for a long time. It has a pure red flourite substrate. Personally I am getting tired of staring at the same red substrate as it has no character (Amano's influence) and I feel that it doesnt help to show the plant colors off too well. I want to add the Amazonia on top of the Flourite, but not the entire bottom, just about half. The other half I may leave as Flourite or use the rest of the bright sand.

Has anyone else tried this? How much ADA Amazonia would I need in order to make it effective?

On a side note: I never "pull up" plants from the substrate. If I intend to move or remove them I will just cut them all the way at the substrate and leave the roots in the substrate. I personally feel this helps to airate the substrate as well as add nutrients. Maybe I am completely wrong. The point being that I can prevent the flourite from surfacing on top of the Amazonia. I also do not gravel vaccuum, I only surface vaccum the crap on top, I don't dig in.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? Any suggestions/comments are welcome.

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Ryan
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"On a side note: I never "pull up" plants from the substrate. If I intend to move or remove them I will just cut them all the way at the substrate and leave the roots in the substrate. I personally feel this helps to airate the substrate as well as add nutrients. Maybe I am completely wrong."

This is probably not a good idea....the reason is that the roots left in the substrate will decay and become anerobic, which will lead to a number of problems.

Personally, I think it would be a sin to mix ADA Aquasoil with anything. Keep it pure and you will be rewarded more than you know.
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I agree with Roy. No rrots should be left behind. If you are done with a plant, pull it out. Also you can certainly top off other substrates with AS. It will be fine, although pure AS will yeild better results. I do recommend topping it if you have soft water though.
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personally i would replace all the flourite and not mix it. You already dont like the color of the flourite- mixing it with AS looks fugly to me.


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I definitely did not mix it, that would have been a very bad thing. I added the amazonia and bright sand on top of the flourite. You can't even see the flourite anymore, looks great. I will post before and after pictures sometime.

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I definitely did not mix it, that would have been a very bad thing. I added the amazonia and bright sand on top of the flourite. You can't even see the flourite anymore, looks great. I will post before and after pictures sometime.

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IMO- its the same thing. The sand will eventually end up on the bottom and the flourite mixed with AquaSoil. If you like it and its working well- i guess thats all that really matters.


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Still looks good. Believe it or not when I pull up the plants the Flourite comes up as well, but the interesting thing is that all I have to do is push the flourite back down and its gone. The Flourite is heavier than the aquasoil so it just goes back to the bottom. The tank looks completely different I am so happy with it. I will post pictures sometime.


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