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Christople 04-03-2011 09:05 AM

Flourite or Aqua Soil, Which one
Hi I am setting up a nanao and I was wondering if there is a difference between aqua soil and flourite. Sorry for the misspelling no idea how to spel flourite. If there is a difference what is it. Which is better for a heavily planted nano? Thank you for the help.

InvertPlanet 04-03-2011 08:17 PM

either will do... my fluorite is very much like a fine sand, and I believe aqua soil (ADA?) is more granular. As far as properties go, I think it is really a trivial matter.

It is more HOW you keep the plants vs. what substrate you choose.

Christople 04-03-2011 10:37 PM

I want a more gravel like substrate because sand is aggravating me because I put a vacation feeder and it turned the sand black and now I have to syphon out half of the sand. I want something lower maitence and gravel like substrate is IMO the best.

InvertPlanet 04-03-2011 11:43 PM

Than ADA soil would be better for you or Eco Complete. Eco is almost gravel... BUT (and there always is one) .. you pay by weight, and Eco Complete is wet packed and at least 20% of that is water weight.

SinCrisis 04-04-2011 09:01 AM

well the problem isnt with sand turning black, its your feeder feeding too much... Sand is generally better for planting because of how fine it is, it is usually easier to plant plants in it.

You will need to vacuum all substrate unless very heavily planted, ie full lawns of plants. If you do have a full lawn of plants, then you wont vacuum anyway regardless of substrate so there really isnt a "low-maintenance" substrate.

In that regard, it really doesnt matter which substrate you choose. However, ADA AS does have more nutrients, so in that regard, it is "better."

Christople 04-04-2011 08:19 PM

well he sand turned black because the feeder wasn't moved for a least week. Also he sand is only black on the side I put the feeder. i meant soemthing that is wel areated so I don' have to do so my self.

SinCrisis 04-04-2011 10:26 PM

all substrates will get anerobic, sand jsut gets anerobic faster. You can get MTS to help your turn your substrate if your worried about that, just be sure to feed properly so they dont overpopulate the tank.

Christople 04-04-2011 10:56 PM

I realize he solution and ahve though about it but their needs are not with what I can provide. I want the powdered ADA and deffinently no feeder things for me. Also no rocks probably. Maybe a little slate but thats not the point.

Christople 04-04-2011 10:59 PM

I read that ADA also changes your water and it does so o the point that I would like my water there. So is there any thing that Eco has or vice versa.

SinCrisis 04-05-2011 08:38 AM

Not that I'm aware of, Ive used both eco-complete and flourite before, neither has had any effect on my water chemistry. I was not aware ADA AS changed water chemistry. I do know that ADG advocates the use of their RO water system for use with ADA AS as well as the use of powersand and a bunch of other additives to maximize the effectiveness of the AS. It would make sense that ADA AS has buffers in it, since RO water is incredibly unstable, however the effectiveness of those additives would be greatly reduced in tap water since your tap water has buffers in it already. In hard water, the AS would not be able to affect PH, and might end up making your water even harder.

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