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Substrate of Choice

Discussion in 'Substrate' started by John N., Mar 3, 2008.

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Best Substrates for a Planted Aquarium?

  1. Caribsea Eco Complete

    62 vote(s)
    19.3%
  2. Red Sea Florabase

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  3. ADA Aquasoil

    140 vote(s)
    43.6%
  4. Soilmaster Select

    7 vote(s)
    2.2%
  5. Seachem Flourite

    42 vote(s)
    13.1%
  6. Other: Please Describe

    69 vote(s)
    21.5%
  1. TYB

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    Hej, thanks Larsen, I will check it out :Happy:
     

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  2. TYB

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    Akadama looks god, have tryed it anybody?
     
  3. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    There are people on UKaps experimenting with Akadama and 'charging' it with nutrients etc.

    AC
     
  4. TYB

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    Do you have a link? Would like to read about it...Akadama you kan buy at a lot lower pricer her in Sweden/Denmark than Eco or ADA stuff...I mean more than 1/2 the price for a 15 kg bag...seen some nice tanks of the web with this...anybody using Akadama out there that have experience and can compere to Eco and Aqua-soil?
     
  5. Brilliant

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    I voted for AquaSoil because I am partial to soft water species. I am actually torn between AS and Eco.

    I have had great growth from both but feel each has its own place.

    Dwarf cichlids and Toninas...AquaSoil.
    Galaxy rasboras and java ferns...Eco.
     
  6. olivierleo

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    i see ada aquasoil seems to be the most popular among you folks.
    Went to their website (which is great), but now, how do i choose the proper one for me ? 3 gal picotope tank.
    Between amazonia, africana ..etc.....???? :-&
    Do you mix that soil with sand or gravel ?

    thank you
     
  7. Shadow

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    I always stick with Amazonia, the most fertile thus good for plant. All my fish is standard cardinal tetra, rummy nose thus does not really need special water requirement.

    Normally you don't mix it, unless you want to create something like river or path.
     
  8. Carolina

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    Got a link to picture of your tank?
     
  9. Carolina

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    How do you cut roots under the sand?
     
  10. SamH

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    Just regular sand or gravel, no additives. Can't get decent substrates for a good price over here so I just use plain stuff, sometimes with ferts in it.
     
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    My feel you. I have found that if the water is soft it is beneficial to put pond tabs in the substrate.
     
  12. kshetrajna

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    well right now i am using aquasoil and i have to say it is as good as i expected it to be...but i have have also had very very good growth with a laterite base and river sand substrate too....but i get only hard water and aquasoil does a job in reducing th ph....so yeah from now on i would choose aquasoil but laterite base substrate will also my second choice
     
  13. Orlando

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    Anybody in the UK using Nature Soil by O.K?
     
  14. joe

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    I was going to use about an inch of eco-complete, with some material/ a seperating layer over it and then about 1-1.5 inches of sand. Would this be a suitable substrate for an aquascape? Plus how would the plants benefit from the eco-complete if they are mainly planted in the sand?

    Cheers

    Joe
     
  15. SamH

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    Agreed. I use regular play sand and have the results I want, but then again there isn't much choice over here in New Zealand. I'm starting to add clay under it though to see if I get better results.
     
  16. StanChung

    StanChung Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I love Amazonia 1. Amazonia 2 crumbles too quickly into mud IME.
     
  17. Carolina

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    I think it depends on the plants and light system a as to wheather the special substrate will help the plants. For example my light is diy T8. Ludwiga oval was almost dying until I put organic charcoal under the substrate.
     
  18. gavinsons

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    i'm using pool filter sand in my 150 gallon. i like to look of it and alot of people seem to have good luck with it. Just not real sure how to fertilize it, will root tabs be my best bet? and maybe some liquid ferts?
     
  19. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry I didn't reply to this earlier. Got lost in the 'fog' when I lost a little motivation.

    I will supply a link however for UKaps you have to register to see the main forum. I don't know why because being able to read the threads may entice more members. Thats for them to decide on though :

    The thread is entitled: Akadama - A cheap substrate

    It is 19 pages long and goes through many tests otrialling 'charging up' the Akadam with different levels and different sources of nutrients.

    It is therefore up to you if you want to register and be able to read it ;)

    UK Aquatic Plant Society Forum • Login

    Belated regards
    AC
     
  20. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Mark Evans (Saintly) is using this. He is also on this forum so maybe he will reply with his opinion on it.

    AC
     

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