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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-04-2007, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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starting an ADA style 20g

I will be setting up a 20g tank using mostly ADA equipment (dont have funds for ONLY ADA things) and have a few questions. the first is I was planning to have a 2-3" layer of ADA amazonia soil and a 6" channel sand in the middle (will either use ADA sand, or maybe some home depo play sand) how much should I get? should I get normal type or powder (will be keeping everything from delicate stem plants to crypts to hairgrass) and lastly, which type of sand should I get (pay sand or bright sand? am on a budget).

also, I will be ordering some driftwood ($50-$60 worth) and will also be getting some ferts, what kinds should I get? what are other ferts that would be better/ cheaper/ easier to use? what do most people use? also, should I get root tabs? thanks!
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ADA ferts are really nice and easy, just some brighty k and Green Brighty Step 1. You could go the dry fert method if you want, with some estimative index, but I find it's tougher to use without getting lots of algae.... personal preference is all it comes down to...
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Lots of people do the Ei method and dose dry. It really cant get much easier then that. You just have to remember to do it everyday. All it takes is under a minute to open the container insert teaspon dunk in tank and thats it....See the sticky under water section for more info. Plus the dry ferts are super cheap. got mine for under 20 bucks and its been around a year with them

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