which substrate is best.

Nick16

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i have some choices to complement my akadama, black gravel and my aquabasis.

which is best: (it would help if you have used them but some knowledge is fine)

1) Tropica substrate http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1120

2) Tetra plant complete http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=487

3) ferplast http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1335

4) Caribsea eco complete http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=190

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I've used three out of four and they all performed well. It's hard to say which was best as they were in very different set ups.

If you're mixing it with Akadama etc. then personally I'd go for the least expensive.
 

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well it will be below the akadama (underneath :lol: ) but i know the eco complete is expensive but i couldnt decide out of the others. it may have to be decided on price or colour which i also have no clue on, or particle size, and texture (e.g pumice or clay or easily crushable etc, all these properties will be a factor but thats why i need someone who has used them!) :)
 

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why would you want more than akadama and aquabsis? 2 substrates is usually the most people use, not many go into more than this unless it is a micxture of quartz gravel, etc.

If it was me i would go with the tropica as it has a high CEC, capped with gravel. You could have the aquabasis on the very bottom if you wish.

The ferplast & tetraplant are very similar to the aquabasis anyway.
 

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looks like i will get that, i dont need the big bag. i might try an experiment and have tropica substrate on one island and Aquabasis on the other. and then see which grows best. does that sound good? or am i being wierd :lol: :?:
 

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