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JBL aquabasis plus and Tropica Plant substrate

fishkeeper

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Hi

For my 125l tank (81x36cm) I was wondering would getting a bag of JBL aquabasis plus and a 5l bag of Tropica plant substrate be enough for it?

thanks
 

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Why one of each? They both do the same thing, I'd stick to two bags of one type personally...and having tried both I'd probably try the AquaBasis again, I couldn't say why other than I feel my plants grew a little better and it didn't cloud up much if disturbed compared to the Tropica one.
 

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Large bags of Aquabasis are rated at 1-200L, so 1 bag of that should be fine.
 

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i used 1 bag of aquabasis+ to cover 100cmx40cm and it gave me about 3/4 to 1" of depth if that helps. so one 9l bag would be fine.
 

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I thought the tropica stuff would go over the top of the JBL to make it look aestetically pleasing as JBL needs to have something on top of it?
 

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They are both a similar product, just different brands.
Both are designed to go underneath a topping substrate - most people use gravel, or a coursish sand, or ADA or lots of other things! You can't use them exclusively or you'll end up with some very muddy water and unhappy fish&plants, and hence why there is no advantage to mixing the two.
 

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gratts said:
They are both a similar product, just different brands.
Both are designed to go underneath a topping substrate - most people use gravel, or a coursish sand, or ADA or lots of other things! You can't use them exclusively or you'll end up with some very muddy water and unhappy fish&plants, and hence why there is no advantage to mixing the two.

Oh thanks a lot. I thought Tropica was one that didnt need topping, I might be getting confused with ADA though?

I'll look for a topping substrate then :) So 1 of the largest bags of jbl aquabasis+ will be fine for an 81x36 tank?

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ADA is an 'all in one' substrate, so doesn't need any base layer adding, although some do and I suppose it can only be beneficial.

And yeah, a 5L bag of Aquabasis will be fine.
 
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