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    Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

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    Hi does anyone know where to get cheap soil or used ADA soil for a cheap price? TIA!!


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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Maybe it's not a good idea to get used ADA, since it's already lost its nutrients. I threw away quite a lot of used ADA when I decommed my 4 ft Tank.
    Maybe you can try other brands, if you find ADA too expensive.

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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Sometimes hobbyists do post and sell here or other forums. If you can wait, can keep these as potential sources.

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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Can consider using used soil but must know how long the soil has been used before. ��

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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    If you use old soild, you need to dose liquid fertilizer regularly to compensate the lost of nutrient.
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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    How about dry ferts? Is there any fets i can put like in the soil before i set up my tank?


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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    yes there is, fert tablet and base fert. Not sure if base fert still popular nowadays.
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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Oh icic okok i will go research . Thks ah!!


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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    I personally prefer liquid fert, less messy. With base fert, you will have problem when you want to rescape. You can make your own liquid fert using dry fert, just add water, distill if you can but normal water will do the same.
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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    So if have liquid ferts then base ferts not necessary ?


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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth tan View Post
    So if have liquid ferts then base ferts not necessary ?


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    Depend on what kind of plants you are keeping, some plants are root feeder,meaning they love base fert... they can live on liquid fert but base fert is better for them.

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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    For root fertiliser, I bought those from nursery and cover them in capsules then insert into soil. Much cheaper than those sold in fish shop. My vomit blood gujing/cinerum etc have grown quite well with this so far.

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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Oh do you mind sharing the brand?


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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Quote Originally Posted by AQMS View Post
    Depend on what kind of plants you are keeping, some plants are root feeder,meaning they love base fert... they can live on liquid fert but base fert is better for them.
    Ah. The plants im keeping all are root feeder. If like that, is it necessary to have liquid ferts if I have root tabs and base ferts? Or its better to have both liquid and dry ferts?


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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth tan View Post
    Ah. The plants im keeping all are root feeder. If like that, is it necessary to have liquid ferts if I have root tabs and base ferts? Or its better to have both liquid and dry ferts?


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    Have both so you can have more option to wide range of plants.

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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Just curious... are you planning to start a very large planted tank? Hence the need to budget and buy cheap/used soil?

    'Cos at around S$38 for a 9L bag of ADA Amazonia aquasoil nowadays, its not really that expensive to buy a new bag (in the context of a full tank setup with all the other equipment and all), especially since you are getting alot of good nutrients in the soil to boost initial plant growth.

    Most of the other brands of soil tend to also have similar pricing (some cost even more). Adding all those ferts and root tabs to cheaper/used soil could end up costing similar (with additional steps) versus just getting the new soil.
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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth tan View Post
    Oh do you mind sharing the brand?


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    here's the picture.

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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goalkeeper View Post
    here's the picture.
    Thks!!!! Btw where you buy your capsule?


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    Re: Cheap soil or used soil for planted tank?

    Those Chinese medical shops will have. Don't buy too many as any unused over time tend to stick together due to moisture.

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    Oh okok. Thks alot!!


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