nutrient rich sandy substrate

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by nickmcmechan, 18 Dec 2008.

  1. nickmcmechan

    nickmcmechan Member

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    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?
     
  2. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Akadama? or is that too brown?

    Sam
     
  3. nickmcmechan

    nickmcmechan Member

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    i think akadama woud do, but i'm not sure which one is the right one for aquaria

    i looked up eBay and there was loads!
     
  4. JamesC

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  5. nickmcmechan

    nickmcmechan Member

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    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?
     
  6. Nabhan Khan

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    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.
     
  7. nickmcmechan

    nickmcmechan Member

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    can you use power sand on its own and where can you get some?
     
  8. Nabhan Khan

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    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.
     
  9. Ed Seeley

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    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.
     
  10. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    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.
     
  11. aaronnorth

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    Apparently amazonia contains more nutrients than malaya, although i have seen no proof.
     

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