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First layer before 3" of ADA AZ: Earthworm casings, peat, osmocote?

Discussion in 'Sediment / Substrate' started by edwardsmith, May 10, 2015.

  1. edwardsmith

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    In the planning stages for a heavily planted tank. After reading (alot of reading!), I plan on using three inches of ADA AZ. What is best to add before the 3" of ADA AZ, earthworm casings, peat, osmocote, something else?
     
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    Add nothing else, just the 3" of ADA AZ and call it a day?
     
  3. Evk

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    I was struggeling with this too a few weeks ago. I found this a nice experiment:


    I ended up with ADA and nothing else and I'm off to a good start.
     
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    I used something called microb lift capalm ecological labratories makes it it is very economical and has a high cec value but os inert has no nutrients and the only down side is the color is light tan color but i have had great results doing the same thing with ada cap on it.( its very inexpensive made for ponds)
     
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    I have half of an extra bag of Eco-Complete laying around. I was going to layer this down first with some red clay before a couple inches of Medium grain Aquasoil and then top it off with fine grain aquasoil. I figure the high-cec value of the eco-complete would be good as a base, and similar to the ADA Powersand that Amano frequents so much.
     
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    For my fish tank I ended up with just Aquasoil. Nothing else
     
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