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Hi all

I am about to redo my 20G and i want to add some better substrate.
The plant i want to grow most is dwarf hair grass as i love it and HC but what substrate would be best for them?
I am also getting new lights because at the moment i only have 30Watts over the tank, i will be upgrading it to about 50Watts or 70Watts with one of them arcadia over head lighting models.

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I personally like Shultz Aquatic, but it is CRAZY light, so I frequently mix it with a little small grain pea-pebble and large grain sand to help hold down the plants.
 

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ADA Aquasoil works great for both plants. My hairgrass and HC have both taken off with it. I have had bad luck with hairgrass in flourite and eco-complete/black sand mix. The Aquasoil is light (which is great for hairgrass) and holds plants down very well.
 

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Thanks alot everyone, i have been thinking of using flourite the black/brown colour its expensive though lol.

would you say i would need 2 bags to fill a 20G?

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What would you say is better ADA aqua soil amazonia or seachem flourite?

I am swayed towards ADA and it looks nice but do i need the power sand for underneath?

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ADA Aquasoil is the best!!!

The Powersand is optional but I use it and think it works and personally would use it. I started a second tank yesterday and I opted to used the Powersand.
 

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due to lack of feedback on your thread, i think you haven't heard enough about the ada substrate. it is simply, the BEST available.
 

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this is my first time going fully planted with substrate and ferts but i realy want to give it ago.

Thanks for the replys :)

The power sand what is the difference between M, S L and special S is it the grain size?

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The M,S,L is just grain size and the Special has extra nutrients and stuff packed into it....I always get the Special S since all my tanks are small but on a larger tank(55g+) I would go with something larger.


Also keep in mind that if you plan on uprooting plants a lot the Powersand can be unearthed to the top which looks kind of bad but can be pushed back down, basically a pita if there will be lots of uprooting.
 

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Thanks alot Eklikewhoa i will probly get a 9liter bag of amazonia and a bag of powersand special S.

I wont be having many stem plants so not much uprooting will be going on i am mainly having mosses,hairgrass, riccia, HC and crypts and eventually some anubis and java fern.

i will start a new thread when i start the re build of the tank.
at the moment its a mess due to me waiting for fund for my substrate.

I have also just bought a new light unit 73Watts over a 20G that should be enough right?

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i have just bought 9liters of ADA aqua soil amazonia :biggrin: my new light that is 73Watts arrived today aswell cant wait to get the substrate in and get the plants in right excited :hihi:

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My ADA aqua soil Amazonia has arrived along with a new diffuser ,light(72W) and 250ml Excel.

I will be stripping the tank down over the easter holidays and replacing the old with the new :] i cant wait, then its time to order the plants.

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If you're seriously wondering what the *best* substrate is for HC and hairgrass, the answer is aquasoil. I heard the same thing prior to trying it and found it to be true from my own experiences. I still have both plants in my tank and they are quite happy. Not to say that other substrates won't work, but this works very well IME.

*Edit* I didn't scroll far enough down. It looks like you have some aquasoil now. Good purchase! You'll be happy -- that much I'm certain.
 
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