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SETTING UP A NEW TANK: Substrate Choices

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by TommyBoy, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. TommyBoy

    TommyBoy Lifetime Charter Member
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    Jan 3, 2006
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    I am looking to set up a 37 gal cube tank (24" L x 20" H x 18" D) anew for a possible Discus or Angelfish planted tank. So I am once again looking at substrate alternatives / choices. Specifically:
    - ADA AS? (and which grain size?)
    - Turface (Quick Dry or MVP or Mound Clay)* solo or mixed with pea gravel, sand or 3M quartz (e.g., 1:2)?
    - finally try my hand at real soil?

    Which would you choose and why so? I am looking for advice based on your longer-term tank (3+ year) experiences. TIA!

    * I understand Quick Dry and Mound Clay are new product grain sizes
  2. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Jan 23, 2005
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    Smaller tank, go with the ADA AS. @ bags is plenty to do all sorts of interesting scapes.

    Tank is tad small for Discus, even Angels.
    Think when they are full size.

    Tom Barr

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