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Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by tea-man-tim, May 3, 2009.

  1. tea-man-tim

    tea-man-tim New Member

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    well im in the uk so ada substrate is out of the question at £40 then £7 postage[​IMG]

    the new tank will have 3wpg (24w dual glo T5HO), heavily planted, rocks and red moor wood


    should i go for either

    option 1) 1 7kg bag of seachem flourite black sand

    option 2) 10ish kg of normal black sand with tetra plant substrate under it?

    which would you go for? which would be best for plants? which would be better in the long run?

    because i dont want to buy 2 bags of the seachem sand and only use like 1/7th of the 2nd bag, could i mix it with some normal black sand or would it look odd and not right?

    thankyou
    tim
     
  2. Anti-Pjerrot

    Anti-Pjerrot New Member

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    I go for the ADA. But the flourite is second.

    Powerfull substrate is good and i like ADA AS since its packed with nutrients and more rounded than flourite.
     
  3. tea-man-tim

    tea-man-tim New Member

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    yes but now im thinking that 2 bags is needed

    so either paying £90 for ada
    or £40ish from my lfs for flourite

    ohh im a 16 year old student also lol
     
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    Anti-Pjerrot New Member

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    Then go for flourite :)
     
  5. Orlando

    Orlando Supporting Member

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    There is always DIY substrate :)
     
  6. rit

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    start with small gravel with good fert will be OK.:-"
     
  7. Carolina

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    When I move planning on using compressed coconut, reptile substrate, with Eco complete over it. This way I figure only need 1 bag of eco-complete.
     

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