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Unsure of substrate.

Hi there,

I am putting some plans together for a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft heavily planted discus tank together and am unsure what substrate to go with. In fact I am fairly naive what direction to go in.

Also is dark red volcanic soil/clay laterite?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-31-2008, 11:42 AM
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look into Aquasoil, its great

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Thanks for that, do I add things like peat moss and blood and bone to the base
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Nope, Aquasoil is very very complete.

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Thanks I will have too work out how much I need. How deep do you usually need it to be?

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I too will verify that Aquasoil is the best. Some people complain of it for something or another, but once the cloudiness is over, the plants have shot right up. Mine have grown very fast in 3 weeks time since re-doing the substrate. You might want to look into the additives with it. Two to three inches deep is plenty. You will see a very high spike in ammonia for a week or two so everyday water changes will be in order when using this. It will go away but it is worth the trouble.
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Just a quick note about Aquasoil. There are 2 versions, Amazonia and Amazonia II. Recent reviews by forum members indicate Amazonia (original) is the one to purchase. I used 4 bags of the 9L to cover my 75 gal (4' X 18"). I would buy an extra bag over what you think you need. You can always get rid of the extras in the SNS, but you'll kick yourself in the rear if you come up short and have to wait another week (and pay shipping again).
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Thanks for that, how do I calculate how many bags I will need. I like a fairly deep substrate.
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thanks practicalfishkeeping.co.uk has a substrate calculator but you have to register (free) to use the tool, I am waiting for my password
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