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Which would you use?

Ok, I've got an Aquatop 8.6 gallon tank coming in the mail that is going to be a heavily planted shrimp tank. With that said, I want your opinions on which ADA soil I should use.

Purely for aesthetic purposes, keeping in mind the tank size and inhabitants, would you use Aquasoil Normal or Powder type?

I'm leaning towards powder type but I want some suggestions!

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Powder Type will look better proportionally in a small tank.

But I think regular Aquasoil looks fine in small tanks. Take a look at my journals for photos of regular. Specifically: 45-F and Triple Cubes.


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I agree that powder type would look more proportional in a small aquarium.

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Did you get the rimless bowfront aquatop?
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Thanks, Dark and Somewhat. Pretty sure that's the route I'm going to go.

Gus, I ordered this one:

http://www.truaqua.com/high-clarity-...um-hca-18.html

Somewhat, what glue did you use to attach moss to driftwood? I've been scrolling through your tank journals and checking them all out. They're awesome!

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Since you chose a high-clarity tank, I think the Powder will end up looking much nicer. You won't regret spending the extra cash.

I use Superglue Gel. Usually the easiest and cheapest for me to find. But any super glue gel that is cyanoacrylate will do the trick. Gel tends to work better, as you have more time to move moss around and you're less likely to stick your fingers together.

Thanks for the kind words! They don't always look great. But some of my latest tanks are really holding up nicely.


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After doing a bit of reading, I ordered a 3L bag of normal for the base and a 3L bag of powder to cap it. ADG recommended this on their site, so we'll see.

Thanks for the info on the superglue. Going to have to put it on the checklist of the items I have left to order for this tank. I imagine it gives a much cleaner look, even over mono-filament line. Have you ever used it to attach anubias to driftwood?

Seeing all of your tanks makes me want to start another 2 or 3, haha. Jealous of your CPOs, I've always wanted them.

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Yup. Works well for attaching Anubias and ferns.

You'll initially have white splotches on your wood, rock, moss, et al but it'll go away within a few weeks, as things grow in.

Should be able to find it at Home Depot if you're regularly on the mainland (usually near all the fancy masking tape, spray paint and sealants) for cheap. Just about any hardware store or pharmacy will have it. Grocery stores, as well.


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