Using Carbon Below an Inert Substrate?

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by Dave Spencer, 25 Jun 2009.

  1. Dave Spencer

    Dave Spencer Member

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    Has anybody used carbon below an inert substrate? I am thinking of giving it a go in my next 120cm rescape to keep the cost down.

    Dave.
     
  2. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Never tried that one Dave. I'd be more inclined to go with a clay product though, better CEC and all that. Is it that much cheaper than Akadama?

    Cheers,
     
  3. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Not tried that either, but have heard of some reports.

    Zeolite is also a consideration perhaps? I seem to remember Hoppycalif (the 'inventor' of the 4dKH CO2 DC) mentioning it a while back.
     
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    Ade (wolfenrook) has, he gets good growth from his plants, however, i am not too sure on his dosing regime as heavy dosing of the water column may 'cancel' it out.
     
  5. Garuf

    Garuf Member

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    terrarium users use it to "soak out" nutrients and prevent stagnation, I believe that's it's origin, it supposedly works well but I've never tried.
     
  6. Dave Spencer

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    Cheers guys, I may as well give it a go, seeing as I have so much laying around from various filters I have bought.

    I am a big Zeolite fan, and usually start a new tank with some in the filter. Using Zeolite in the substrate may be something I will try in the future.

    Thanks again chaps.

    Dave.
     
  7. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    ive got some in the bottom of my 60cm Dave. put it in as a bit of an experiment after reading about it somewhere
     

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