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If I use it, should I mix it with something else? will it be a good substrate to grow HC?

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If I use it, should I mix it with something else? will it be a good substrate to grow HC?

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You can mix it if you like but you don't have to. I tend to not mix it anymore.

It's just like any of the other inert substrate (Flourite, Eco, SAS, PFS) which means your plants will only get trace iron from it so it all depends on your lighting/C02/fert setup.

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If I use it, should I mix it with something else? will it be a good substrate to grow HC?

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I had a tank with 4" deep sms and couldn't keep plants down for long time (too light weight), so I remove all of it, sprinkle some osmocote add ~2 inches of play sand, then sms.

Sms will make your gh, hk and ph to drop (due to high CEC), Some say to perform frequent water changes until the sms saturates, I couldn't afford waisting so much water so I start adding 1 tbs of gh booster every other day and 1 tsp of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) + 1/2 tsp of Epsom Salt every day. I didn't have any livestock during this time just hang on back filter running to help with water circulation, and after 2 weeks the sms stabilized, perform 80% water change and so far my gh,kh and ph had been very stable for almost a year.

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...questions.html

In this article using a soil with similar characteristics the author solved high cec problem by soaking the soil in a high saturate solution of Calcium carbonate, Magnesium sulphate, Potassium sulphate for about a week before setting up the tank.

http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/akadama.htm

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