Join Date: May 2015
Location: Portland, Oregon
Cool thanks for the info. I don't seem to be finding any good aqua soils that are cheaper. I see that there is Mr. Aqua and something like S.T.I international. Even though I do agree that ADA seems to be the best but at 180 for a tank I'm going in another direction. I have been doing some research and it seems that if you get the process down of mineralizeing soil, this may be even better than aqua soil.
Unless I find more info, I believe I'm going to go with Turface Grey. I found a guy who has a couple hundred pounds of the stuff. Turface Grey isnt made anymore so I feel pretty lucky as the red stuff doesn't seem to look all that great.
Any one else whos new and looking at substrates, I'd encourage you all to read up on mineralized soil, Oil dry (something like that), Turface, SMS (soil master select) which is Turface now, Akadama, Lava Rock Substrate, Kitty Litter, and BDBS (black diamond blasting sand). These seem to be the most popular alternatives to ADA Amazonia.
So I'm going to go with turface for now, if anyone has any pointers I'd like to hear from you. I was thinking that it'd be a good thing to mix soils to get some different textures for the roots. Like maybe mix in 5percent BDBS, and maybe a bag of Amazonia? They are all similar color.
Also when using Turface does anyone know the best way to feed the roots. I hear that osmocote plus and plant stick are popular or root tabs etc. Which one is the best, and is there a better way to supply the substrate with ferts?