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Hey everyone. I'm a beginner here, so this may be a stupid question.

Is it a bad idea to mix gravel in with ADA Aqua soil?

I've read places that you should put a layer of power sand at the bottom of the tank, and then fill the rest of the tank with Aqua soil. The ADA brand is so expensive though that I've been thinking of mixing it with some common gravel you get from any pet store.

Is this a bad idea?

What I want to do right now is layer power sand at the bottom first, then put gravel on top of that, then put the Amazonia on top of the gravel. Is this a bad idea?

Overall, I'm looking for a way to save a few bucks while starting this new hobby, but at the same time giving the plants some good nutritious soil to get started in.

Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
 

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You can save even more if you eliminate the sand. Just use Black Beauty Blasting sand also called Black Diamond found at Tractor Supply. Slope it to nothing or just below the rim on the bottom in the front so you can't see it under the ADA.
 
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