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quick question for all my friends here at the forum in regards to durability. After reading in greater detail about substrates and their properties i was wondering if anyone had any opinion as to the longest lasting substrate. Will every tank eventualy require root tabs? Im a big fan of root feeders (swords ect.) and want to ensure a long lasting beneficial substate for them. Any opinion again would be greatly appreciated.
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quick question for all my friends here at the forum in regards to durability. After reading in greater detail about substrates and their properties i was wondering if anyone had any opinion as to the longest lasting substrate. Will every tank eventualy require root tabs? Im a big fan of root feeders (swords ect.) and want to ensure a long lasting beneficial substate for them. Any opinion again would be greatly appreciated.

Well, I cannot confirm or deny as I am still testing Aquasoil, but it is said that ADA Aquasoil has the greatest staying power of all the substrates with respect to durability.

As far as plants eventually requiring root tabs, there are two schools of thought on this. Some say that you should every few months stick root tabs, like Seachem Fluorish root tabs, deep in the gravel bed of heavy root feeders like crytocornes and swords. The other school of thought says hogwash, all plants can feed through leaves and or roots, so as long as you dose with a good water column dosing fert regime like EI(Tom Barr's Estimative index), the use of root tabs becomes irrelevant. Others say it cannot hurt to have root fert tabs in the gravel bed in addition to good water column fertilizers and this gives you the best of both worlds. I have seen with my own two beadie eyes, beautiful planted tanks which made use of root fert tabs in the gravel bed and others that solely relied on water column ferts and no root tabs, and yet to others that strictly relied on fish waste with no root tabs or water column ferts. They all were equally beautiful and looking at them, you could not say that any one had better plant growth than the other.
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Every substrate will eventually run of nutrients. Assuming every other parameter is the same, i would think Aquasoil will last longest since it has most of the nutrients plants need. I dont think anyone has setup tanks where all parameters are the same except for substrate and measured how long nutrients lasted. I see people growing all kinds of plants successfully even in plain sand. In my experience, substrate is not that important. I use aquasoil , soilmaster and turface with root tabs in my tanks. I have crypts , swords, sags etc. They all grow well.
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The size of your tank has alot to do with which subtrate is the best for you, but I have always just put root taps in my (low tech tanks) that have sand & gravel in them. My new tank that I am close to setting up will have soilmaster in it with root tabs.
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