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okay im getting close to deciding on a substrate...finally. so that being said im liking ada aqua soil but i can only see it used in smaller tanks. Im builing a 120 gallon and if im going to spend the bucks i really want to be sure. Please give me your advice and i promise not to post another which substrate thread again
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I bought 39L of aquasoil for my 90g, and know that a lot of people use it on larger tanks (takashi amano included)...the only drawback is the obvious cost up front, but in my opinion it's well worth it. I went ahead and used powersand as well, since i have some areas of deep substrate, though as many have mentioned, it is unnecessary (i HATE spelling that word). I think you'll be pleased with your purchase if you do decide to go with the aquasoil - no quality control issues (more than can be said about some of the other substrates). Other ADA additives, like Bacter 100, Tourmaline, etc, I've heard good things about as well, but have no personal experience with them. Good luck! And can't wait to see your 120!
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Aquasoil is the best I've found and I won't use anything else. I used it in a 100g along with Powersand Special+Tourmaline BC and I grew some pretty damn nice plants. It will be well worth your investment. Do it right the first time...
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If your going to do it, its best to buy the best first then to waste money on a cheaper substrate your not happy with.


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If your going to do it, its best to buy the best first then to waste money on a cheaper substrate your not happy with.
Agreed! Well Said!!
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the water in my area is around 7.8-8 PH. If i use the amazonia AS will i have major swings in ph over time with water changes?
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Where in Canada are you?

I'm in Toronto.
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Im in Niagara Falls, water here is around 7.8PH, what is it in Toronto?
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Just to give another bit of advice: Although I do recommend aquasoil hands down, there are some important idiosyncrasies you should be aware of including it's propensity to leech NH4/humus early on. To combat this multiple weekly water changes are done, sometimes to the tune of 2x daily; it's a good idea to check out some of the good, old AS threads and read up on cycling methodologies using AS. And, if you're they type of person who likes to consistently fuddle with aquascapes and plants, moving things around all the time, then this may not be your best bet, as the sediment will get stirred up fairly easily and discolor the water for a while.
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thanks for the advice. I think ill be able to let it be once i get the plants in there but now im most worried about thePH swings caused by my local hard water changes 7.8Ph and the soil dropping that.
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I've been trying to get this stuff here in Toronto and as far as I can tell the only one who has it in Canada is a guy out in BC.... Are you going to get yours shipped up from the states?

Sorry i dont know anything about ph swings
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