What Is The Best Substrate?

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Well, I think I am going to strip down my gravel substrate and go with a proper aquatic sub-soil. :crazy:

Becauase my tank is set up and running nicely, I dont reallly want to disturb it, but I think it will help with my plant growing long term. (I already have co2 injection)

Because my tank is a 100 gallon I will be only wanting the expense of changing the substrate once, and want to get it right. :nod:

What is the best substrate? It seems from reading posts there is 2 leaders :
ECO-complete or ADA Aquasoil

Or is there another? :look:

Which is really best? :huh:
 

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Well nothing will, since that`s subjective.
Its like saying which is better, a house or a flat, both offer roughly the same thing but with slight variations to suit different situations.

A bit like saying, which is better? Man United or Man City?

;)

The best you can do is read as much as you can about both, and make an informed decision. Like i say, i choses ADA AS, but i am sure others will choose eco-complete.


Chris
 

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Think ADA is generally considered the best. However it is known to reduce the KH of the tank dramatically which affects pH, and so I would generally say is more for the experience planted tank keeper. Would be a shame to spend lots of money on it only to find you wanted to change it again in a month or so.

That said EC increases KH and also GH! generally to around 6-8dKH, but thats not so much of a problem, unless you've got sensitive fish like discus.

But think these two are very good. There is also red sea plant base (think its called plant base) which I am told Amano himself used before inventing the ADA stuff and that's supposed to be very good but not sure if it changes the KH as never used it.

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Sam is referring to Red Sea's Flora Base-a very similar soil to Aquasoil, but to be honest, no less expensive if you look around. I use Aquasoil at the moment and it is the best thing I've used. I'm a big fan of nutrient rich substrates-I've a journal on AE forum at the moment-you can see my success with it for yourself. I've also used Dennerle's Depoint and Flourite amongst others, but ADA is the best I've used.

Nick
 

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Nick, would you even advise the use of AS to a less experienced hobbyist, or at least someone with less understanding? Just due to the KH, pH issues for a start! Or do you think the effects are over exemplified and are minimal in terms of negative outcomes?

No reason, just interested in your view.

Chris
 
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