What Substrate/Gravel?

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by Cro, 7 Jun 2009.

  1. Cro

    Cro Member

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    OK so I've got some JBL Aqua basis plus substrate which I am going to mix with sand to make it go a bit further, now what should I use on top? I was originally going to use the sand on top of the JBL but someone on here has informed me that it will over time go underneath the JBL, so I want something that will sit on top, looks good and as I have Loaches and Cory's it has to be something they can dig around a bit in.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. glenn

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    ADA aquasoil amazonia is what im going to put on top of my JBL aquabasis+.
     
  3. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi,
    A cheaper alternative is to top the JBL with Akadama or other clay product. There is nothing in Aquabasis that is not already in Aquasoil Amazonia. So if one can afford AS there is no point in using the JBL and if one already has the JBL then topping with AS is an expensive redundancy.

    Cheers,
     
  4. glenn

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    im only using ADA aquasoil purly for aesthetics, as i only fould out about Aquasoil arfter i bought the JBL aquabasis+ :mad: . other wise, as you say i should just use aquasoil. and i think you will agree aquabasis isnt to pretty so thats why im topping with AS.
     
  5. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep, good idea. I love the feel of AS. It's velvety smooth. In a cost-no-object scenario that's the way to go. :D

    Cheers,
     
  6. Cro

    Cro Member

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    So what's good to put on top of the JBL then? I don't really want to put ADA on top if it's expensive and gives no benefit. Basically I'd like something my loaches and cory's can dig around in without them getting damaged, and if possible something that will help to keep my plants in when they are digging around. ;)
     
  7. andyh

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    Greetings

    About to start a my first true aquapsape with all the proper bits, although i have had fish for 15 years.

    I am looking at using the ADA Aqua soil and understand it to be a complete solution. However what i dont understand is why do people add other things under it? Or am i simply confused?

    Andy
     
  8. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi andyh,
    No you're not confused at all. What you say makes perfect sense, however there is at least one good reason which have nothing to do with plant growth. It's simple economics. AS, like many fortified sediments, is expensive, so one can lay down a cheaper substrate and put AS on top of it to "fill out" the substrate volume for less money. As long as you don't uproot too much there won't be a lot of mixing so the "look" won't be disturbed.

    If you can afford it though it's pointless to add anything underneath it.

    Cheers,
     

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