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Aquasoil questions

So, I am planning on doing a high tech setup in a 60P ADA aquarium. Was planning on using Aquasoil as substrate, but I have some questions about it. It sounds like the Aquasoil basically becomes inert after about a year. So, would I have to replace it all at this point on a yearly basis?? Or, will daily fert dosing and root tabs be enough to keep the scape going?? Just trying to decide if the Aquasoil is really worth it.
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ADA should last you about ~2 year (depending on what plants you keep). You can dose ferts or use root tabs.


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I tried ADA, and I don't personally believe it is worth it. I like the colour, and the uniform roundness, but I don't like how it breaks apart easily into powder.


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It can last a long time if you are not resetting the scape.
But you do need to add fertilizer.

You put new food on your dinner plate, don't you? Well, substrate just holds the fertilizer ready for the plants to use. It is not in itself fertilizer.

I prefer the montmorillonite clay products such as Safe-T-Sorb. They also are high cationic exchange capacity (good at holding fertilizer), but do not break down over time.
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