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Whats the best gravel/soil for plants?

Whats the best gravel/soil for plants?

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Probably Eco-complete, alot of people have had really good experiences whit it.
Or maybe Aqua soil, but thats a bit more expensive.


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ADA Aqua Soil? I don't mind paying a bit more, as long as its really good.

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yeah that one


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yeah that one
So ADA Aqua Soil is the best?

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The most beautiful tanks i have seen usually have aqua soil, so yeah, im guessing its good.

I use it in my 2 Gallon and everything seems to grow nicely, but i've never had
any other substrates.

But yeah, it should be the best out there.


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I've heard good things about ADA aquasoil as well. However I've also heard that a lot of things will work and in the end there isn't much of a difference between them. The ada stuff has more nutrients built in which makes start up a bit easier, but over the course of a year or more its going to have all been used up. With the water column fertilizers (which you will need anyway) and root tabs (which you can go longer without with some soil types but will need them after a while) the soil doesn't make a long term difference.

What I would look at as more important is what type of fish you want to keep and what colors are available and what color you want. Some fish prefer sand, some prefer a bit larger gravel, etc. And I think the aquasoil comes in a dark brown and a tan, so if you want a different final look you might find something else that fits that look better.
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I've heard good things about ADA aquasoil as well. However I've also heard that a lot of things will work and in the end there isn't much of a difference between them. The ada stuff has more nutrients built in which makes start up a bit easier, but over the course of a year or more its going to have all been used up. With the water column fertilizers (which you will need anyway) and root tabs (which you can go longer without with some soil types but will need them after a while) the soil doesn't make a long term difference.

What I would look at as more important is what type of fish you want to keep and what colors are available and what color you want. Some fish prefer sand, some prefer a bit larger gravel, etc. And I think the aquasoil comes in a dark brown and a tan, so if you want a different final look you might find something else that fits that look better.
It takes much longer than a year to deplete AquaSoil. Especially when you dose the water column.

Substrate DOES make a difference, but if you want to do it on a budget, quality root tabs are essential.
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It takes much longer than a year to deplete AquaSoil. Especially when you dose the water column.

Substrate DOES make a difference, but if you want to do it on a budget, quality root tabs are essential.
LOL, I use rootmedic and gravel. whats this guy talking about:p

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LOL, I use rootmedic and gravel. whats this guy talking about:p
RootMedic!?! I heard that stuff was junk...


Ok, OK, JK. I use sand and RootMedic Greenstart with RootMedic Complete...
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Real no-fertilizers-added potting soil has more nutrients and lasts way longer than Aquasoil. Guaranteed. And it's about 10 times cheaper.

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So basically, there are many substrates that can be used sucessfully. There are many other factors that add to each tank and no controlled experiments have been done.
IMHO, the biggest difference between aquasoil and potting soil is that it is less messy to rescape with aquasoil, at least in new tanks. Depending on your plans and finances, this might be worth the money. I'm going with MTS for my next tank.
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