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Substrate for planted tank

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What is the best substrate to use for planted tanks. I like the look of clay substrate.
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If you are completely new to planted tanks, I'd think Flourite would be a good choice. Even though some folks rinse-it-to-death to avoid foggy waters.

If you are a bit more advanced, Aquasoil Amazonia might have the edge.

Flourite lasts indefinitely (considering human lifespans), Aquasoil might degrade over time.

Have a look at our Substrate forum, lot's of related things discussed there.


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I love the ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia. If you have the money it's definitely the way to go IMO. The plants love it.

I have used flourite before. It is supposed to supply the iron. Otherwise it's inert. You will have to supply all the other nutrients your plants will need. In the tanks were I have a mix of flourite and ADA Aqua Soil I still add iron. Before I found the ADA A.S. I had used flourite and gravel for decades. It's ok if you need to conserve your funds, but you will spend in nutrients. The extra you spend on the ADA A.S. you can EASILY make back in plant sales.

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Where is the best place to get ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia? I need enough for a 110 gallon tank.
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I ordered mine from ADG down in Houston. They have great customer service.
http://www.adgshop.com/

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Welcome to the Planted Tank Reefer!

If you are completely new to planted tanks, I'd think Flourite would be a good choice. Even though some folks rinse-it-to-death to avoid foggy waters.

If you are a bit more advanced, Aquasoil Amazonia might have the edge.

Flourite lasts indefinitely (considering human lifespans), Aquasoil might degrade over time.

Have a look at our Substrate forum, lot's of related things discussed there.

Well said!
Flourite is great for simple setups, but some plants will struggle without substrate additives like root tabs and such!
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How many 3 liter bags would i need to have 1.5 " bed for a 29g?
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they sell 9L bags on the website and you would probably need about 2 bags
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How many 3 liter bags would i need to have 1.5 " bed for a 29g?
For reference, one 9L bag gave me ~2" in a 20L (same footprint as a 29).

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If you want a cheap natural-looking substrate, get play sand. Its 4 bucks for a 50 pound bag at a hardware store.


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manure

I read an article that said get a bag of manure,bone meal,and masons sand. Put a 2" layer of manure on bottom.Cover with a good layer of bone meal,and then 1.5 to2" of rinsed sand.Plant your plants put a bowl on top of sand to divert water while filling.Set up your CO2 and lighting,don't add any fish for 2-3 weeks.
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I read an article that said get a bag of manure,bone meal,and masons sand. Put a 2" layer of manure on bottom.Cover with a good layer of bone meal,and then 1.5 to2" of rinsed sand.Plant your plants put a bowl on top of sand to divert water while filling.Set up your CO2 and lighting,don't add any fish for 2-3 weeks.
Why not just go with mineralized topsoil?
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I can't imagine any better way to make an algae garden than starting with 2 inches - TWO INCHES? - of manure to build a layered substrate. Manure is loaded with ammonia. Anytime anything disturbs the substrate ammonia would be released, and if there is any light at all, that signals every algae spore throughout the tank to start growing.

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Hoppy,here is the article.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...um.html?cat=53.

Can you reccomend a link that tells a step by step setup? I have a 55 gal. 4x65 watt pc,and I was thinking of starting out with a couple of DIY yeast bottles.

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