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post #1 of 4 Old 12-02-2013, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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I have looked into substrate and have found the following two that seem reasonable. Has anybody used either and what are their thoughts.

Tetra plant complete substrate 5.8kg 13


ADA Aqua Soil 9Lites 35

Both are enough to put a 2-3 cm layer on bottom of my tank.

The only difference I see is that the aqua soil give an initial ammonia spike to help the fishless cycle.

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-04-2013, 01:04 AM
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hello friend!

I think if you would convert your units into pounds , inches, and dollars it would help us on this side of the pond(atlantic ocean). I have no trouble doing the conversions mentally but others maybe . Sorry I don't know anything about either product but the one that causes ammonia spike sounds really interesting. Please post when you decide what is best, I'll be interested to see what you choose. Thanks

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-04-2013, 06:30 AM
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I have never heard of the first one but lots of ppl use ADA aquasoil in planted tanks. I personally have no experience with it. It does cause an ammonia spike as you states which will help a fish less cycle but also is plant food.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-05-2013, 04:02 PM
I use 1" canadian sphaghnum peat moss. 1" play sand, and 1" of a baked red clay called pro choice select here in the US. (you probably could substitue and read baked clay or aquarium gravel for that)

my .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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