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What sub for my 20G?

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I am about to redo my 20G and i want to add some better substrate.
The plant i want to grow most is dwarf hair grass as i love it and HC but what substrate would be best for them?
I am also getting new lights because at the moment i only have 30Watts over the tank, i will be upgrading it to about 50Watts or 70Watts with one of them arcadia over head lighting models.

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anyone got any suggestions?
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I personally like Shultz Aquatic, but it is CRAZY light, so I frequently mix it with a little small grain pea-pebble and large grain sand to help hold down the plants.

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ADA Aquasoil works great for both plants. My hairgrass and HC have both taken off with it. I have had bad luck with hairgrass in flourite and eco-complete/black sand mix. The Aquasoil is light (which is great for hairgrass) and holds plants down very well.
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Thanks alot everyone, i have been thinking of using flourite the black/brown colour its expensive though lol.

would you say i would need 2 bags to fill a 20G?

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What would you say is better ADA aqua soil amazonia or seachem flourite?

I am swayed towards ADA and it looks nice but do i need the power sand for underneath?

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ADA Aquasoil is the best!!!

The Powersand is optional but I use it and think it works and personally would use it. I started a second tank yesterday and I opted to used the Powersand.

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due to lack of feedback on your thread, i think you haven't heard enough about the ada substrate. it is simply, the BEST available.

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this is my first time going fully planted with substrate and ferts but i realy want to give it ago.

Thanks for the replys

The power sand what is the difference between M, S L and special S is it the grain size?

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The M,S,L is just grain size and the Special has extra nutrients and stuff packed into it....I always get the Special S since all my tanks are small but on a larger tank(55g+) I would go with something larger.


Also keep in mind that if you plan on uprooting plants a lot the Powersand can be unearthed to the top which looks kind of bad but can be pushed back down, basically a pita if there will be lots of uprooting.

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Thanks alot Eklikewhoa i will probly get a 9liter bag of amazonia and a bag of powersand special S.

I wont be having many stem plants so not much uprooting will be going on i am mainly having mosses,hairgrass, riccia, HC and crypts and eventually some anubis and java fern.

i will start a new thread when i start the re build of the tank.
at the moment its a mess due to me waiting for fund for my substrate.

I have also just bought a new light unit 73Watts over a 20G that should be enough right?

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i have just bought 9liters of ADA aqua soil amazonia my new light that is 73Watts arrived today aswell cant wait to get the substrate in and get the plants in right excited

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My ADA aqua soil Amazonia has arrived along with a new diffuser ,light(72W) and 250ml Excel.

I will be stripping the tank down over the easter holidays and replacing the old with the new :] i cant wait, then its time to order the plants.

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If you're seriously wondering what the *best* substrate is for HC and hairgrass, the answer is aquasoil. I heard the same thing prior to trying it and found it to be true from my own experiences. I still have both plants in my tank and they are quite happy. Not to say that other substrates won't work, but this works very well IME.

*Edit* I didn't scroll far enough down. It looks like you have some aquasoil now. Good purchase! You'll be happy -- that much I'm certain.

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