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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-14-2015, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Layering Substrates

I'm using ADA Amazonia as a substrate. Is plant growth affected if I layer gravel or sand over it? (About an inch or so) Is it better to leave the substrate exposed? I'm also planning on mixing it with part Eco-Complete for better root hold with carpeting plants and thicker substrate layer.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-16-2015, 04:58 AM
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ADA Amazona may be the best substrate available for growing plants. Trying to make it better by adding another substrate material is counter productive. If I wanted to get a thicker substrate, without the added cost of more Aquasoil, I would use something like Black Diamond blasting grit, but under the Aquasoil, not on top. Another option is mineralized topsoil under the Aquasoil.

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