Peat + ADA AS AFRICANA? ou just ADA AS?

pedrioo

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Hello,

i'm remaking the substrate from plane gravel to a fertil substrate...my choice was ADA AS AFRICANA. I think it's a good choice, would you agree?

I have been reeding and i won't be adding any other fertilizer like powersand ou aquabasis because i will be aplying liquid fertilizer :)

Any way... i have jbl tormac (filter peat) and i was wondering if i would gain anything in adding it at the botom, since it will create an acid envyroment (since AS may turn nutral over time) and may be a long lasting source of macro and micronutrients (specially iron since i'm looking to promote red plants). Will peat do any of it? should i add it? or just use plane AS?

Thank you for your time :)

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Pedro
 

VaughnH

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I am far from experienced with ADA substrates, but I have never seen any results from using any of them except the Amazona type. It is my impression that Amazona is the one that the reputation of ADA soils is built on.
 

pedrioo

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Mar 9, 2009
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Hi there,
Thank you for your response

Well... i allready bought 9l of Africana... i hope it does work...

i did put some peat for about a week before i changed the substrat and i noticed thar wallichii and rotundifolia started to turd red... and after i turned to africana.. they got green again.. so...i put some peat under these plants and hope that the roots will reach it and plants will turn red soon egnouth... my kh was about 4.. and now is about 0... but GH seems to be the same.... so i am quite apreensive about adding co2... and since i got apistogrammas i fear for quick and big variations in ph... so, i added some areation either as safety.. my ph tests only go so lo as 6... and thats what the result is now...6... and tap watter comes with 7,6... should i add bi-carbonates?


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