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SuperSoil...Any thoughts

I stumbled across this website:

http://www.aquaworldaquarium.com/sup...d_aquarium.htm

seems like a very inexpensive substrate. Does anyone have any experience with this? And are there other inexpensive substrates out there that will last a long time?

The tank I am planning will be a heavily planted Angel tank, with some clown loaches and some live breeders.

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garden soil is the cheapest substrate same way as shown in the link .ive only used it for bout 8 months but my plants are growing like mad in the higher tech .

and in the low on tech the spiral vals have deep strong root systems
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so you are using garden soil without any problems? what are you using for your top layer?

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yeah no problems so far i just topped it with half an inch of gravel
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hmmmmmm...might have to try it out

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any others use potting soil as substrate?

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I set up a 5 gallon hex tank as per Diana Walstead type concept using cheap top soil capped with peasize gravel(traction sand). Plants are growing really slowly but it is a low light tank and I did end up with some green dust algae. But in fairness I did not follow the method exactly and it has only been up and running for a couple of months, so it is too early to say.

You may want to check out this forum for a step by step on how this can be done and people's experiences using soil as a substrate.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/el-natural/
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Thanks for the info

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Yeah I used it for a couple of years in my 15gal. It worked OK but it's a pain when trying to up root plants for any reason.

I had about 1/2 to 1 inch under a 2 to 3 inch layer of Flourite.

Plants loved it.... I didn't.
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so now what do you use? and where do you buy your plants from?

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I had a 60g heavily planted discus tank i kept for 2 yrs. I used 3" supersoil and 2" plant sand on top. The Amazon swords, E. tennelus, and vals grew like crazy. I used Jobes Plant stick once every 3-4 months. Moving plants does become messy. Eventually, I just pulled the plants slightly up and then cut, leaving the roots under the substrate.
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What exactly is plant sand? and where do you get it at?

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so now what do you use? and where do you buy your plants from?
You tawkin ta me?

Now I used straight Flourite. Love the stuff.
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That gets expensive with a big tank though, doesn't it?

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I got most of mine from DRs F&S with a very large order. Each bag was on sale for $17.95 ordered like 12 bags and they shipped it for something like 17.95.

Yeah it's semi-expensive but no more expensive that any other planted substrate.
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