Yes, aquatic compost, the type typically used in ponds is fine.i can technically use a aquatic soil from like a garden center providing there are no dangerous added ingredients?
Yes, you can use John Innes type compost. Or you can use something like Tropica AS an all in one solution.is it possible to buy a soil substrate online that would do the job perfectly rather than buying a aquatic soil? If so what brands are normally recommmended?
is it essential to have multiple layers in the substrate? Could i use just a soil and then some gravel on top in areas for aesthetic purposes? Or do i need that top layer to help the plants stay in place but also help with the clean up of sediment that’s fallen to the bottom.. i.e any uneaten food?
Thank you, I’ve been looking at the Tropica AS and happy to go with that if it’ll do the job, as long as I don’t need to add anything else to it..Yes, aquatic compost, the type typically used in ponds is fine.
Yes, you can use John Innes type compost. Or you can use something like Tropica AS an all in one solution.
If you use compost you’ll need to cap it with sand or gravel, otherwise you’ll end up with a muddy puddle.
Alternatively, Gucci substrates like Tropica AS above are an all in one solution that don’t need capping. They just cost considerably more.
Absolutely right. Ultimately it's microbial communities that keep our planted tanks healthy and stable.I really love the idea of using organic dirt in an Aquascape. I like to think organic substrates promote things like mycelium which, in theory, would have a positive impact on plant nutritional uptake.