nutrient rich sandy substrate

nickmcmechan

Member
Joined
16 Mar 2008
Messages
224
Location
Dalkeith, Scotland
I'm looking for a nutrient rich substrate thats light sand in colour and can be used on its own

kind of like eco-complete, except sand in colour

any suggestions?
 

nickmcmechan

Member
Joined
16 Mar 2008
Messages
224
Location
Dalkeith, Scotland
was on another forum and tom barr recommended ada malaya and africana

not sure of colour

also wondered about use with ada power sand

which goes on bottom and which goes on top?
 

Nabhan Khan

Member
Joined
3 Nov 2008
Messages
31
akadama doesnt portray sand very well,
the grains are the same size as ADA substrates, you could have akadama and then cap it with a layer of normal inert sand..

or there is always ada power sand.
 

Nabhan Khan

Member
Joined
3 Nov 2008
Messages
31
i think you can use power sand on its own, but ive seen people use it with ada amazonia etc.
this is because power sand is quite expensive.

you can buy powersand from Aquaessentials and i think The Green Machine.

the cheapest option to go for would be to get some tropica plant substrate and top it with your own chosen sand.
 

Ed Seeley

Member
Joined
3 Jul 2007
Messages
3,261
Location
Nottingham
Powersand needs to go under another substrate and is designed to supplement the nutrients in Aquasoil. It isn't a sand BTW! It is pumice pieces with peat and other things in amongst it.

If you want a feriliser to go under sand I would go for the Tetraplant Complete. I this is a fine sandy base layer that I found stays under the sand despite replanting plants. I don't think it's in the same league as Aquasoil for growing plants though.

ADA Malaya is a lighter colour and if you want you can put Powersand underneath it, though a lot of people don't use the powersand too. If I had the choice I'd use Aquasoil every time.
 

Mark Evans

Expert
Joined
13 Jun 2008
Messages
6,486
Location
newark notts.
Ed Seeley said:
ADA Malaya is a lighter colour and if you want you can put Powersand underneath it, though a lot of people don't use the powersand too. If I had the choice I'd use Aquasoil every time.
Powersand needs to go under another substrate and is designed to supplement the nutrients in Aquasoil. It isn't a sand BTW! It is pumice pieces with peat and other things in amongst it.

If you want a feriliser to go under sand I would go for the Tetraplant Complete. I this is a fine sandy base layer that I found stays under the sand despite replanting plants. I don't think it's in the same league as Aquasoil for growing plants though.

ADA Malaya is a lighter colour and if you want you can put Powersand underneath it, though a lot of people don't use the powersand too. If I had the choice I'd use Aquasoil every time.
i'd choose Aquasoil. although ADA say there's a difference between malaya and amazonia, ive used both and there appears to be no difference at all. maybe just the added amonia.
 
Top