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Substrate help

Im planning to go 2inch dirt and one inch ada ada aqua soil will this be a good method?
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Yeah, I don't see why not. You will have a really nutritious medium then Crypts, and swords will dig the soils among other plants.

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I wouldn't. I am a strong proponent of using less soil, rather than more. I have been successful 100% of the time using only 1/2 inch of soil max, sometimes I use even less. With an inch or more, I have been less than 50% successful.

Then, throw the AS on top, if you run into issues, it's expensive substrate that likely won't help that much if you are going dirt anyway. You will likely have to toss it since it deteriorates. However, a gravel or similar substrate, you could keep if it didn't work as it's much easier to rinse.

I would either go dirt or AS. Both have pro's and con's but together, I think the cons increase, the pro's don't really add much sense they do more of the same than different.

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I run a few inches of soil with a covering of artificial substrate, ADA or some other brand on larger tanks to save cost. It seems to work fine, as long as you're using suitable soil. I find that this format actually holds steeper slopes better if not using substrate supports. Have grown everything from HC, to Eriocaulons, Rotala macrandra, Ludwigia pantanal etc with this setup.

You get the side effects of running a soil tank though; a bit more mess if you uproot plants now and then. When you want to shift substrate or tear down the tank its much messier. Also using pure ADA may give more buffering capacity

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