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    just want to check? is a necessary to put the substrate additives from ADA.. and what are suitable substitutes to the additive and the substrate.. for a 60x30x36

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    Re: ada substrate additives

    Additives from ADA are optional. You can have great tank with just ADA Aquasoil or other equivalents like Gex soils or ANS soils.


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    Re: ada substrate additives

    I read an article on Amazonas Magazine some time back about aquascaping.

    Creating Nature: PART 2 IMPLEMENTATION

    I tend not to use any soil additives, as I usually break down an aquascape after a year or so and like to start out with fresh, fertile soil.
    The author mentioned the above and I tend to agree with it. I'm assuming that soil additives are not really necessary unless your aquascape are meant for a long term.

    Hope that helps.
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    Re: ada substrate additives

    Quote Originally Posted by NanoScaper View Post
    I read an article on Amazonas Magazine some time back about aquascaping.

    Creating Nature: PART 2 IMPLEMENTATION



    The author mentioned the above and I tend to agree with it. I'm assuming that soil additives are not really necessary unless your aquascape are meant for a long term.

    Hope that helps.
    thanks.. thats a great help


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    Re: ada substrate additives

    Quote Originally Posted by zman View Post
    thanks.. thats a great help


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    i guess for a start and initial set up.. i might as well spend the money to start the aquarium right

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    Re: ada substrate additives

    Quote Originally Posted by zman View Post
    thanks.. thats a great help


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    i agree but as an intial "investment" i guess ill just spend the money to get it going right the first time and in the long run hope for the best.

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    Re: ada substrate additives

    Quote Originally Posted by zman View Post
    i agree but as an intial "investment" i guess ill just spend the money to get it going right the first time and in the long run hope for the best.

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    Investment and long run? I don't think so. New startups by new hobbyist do not usually last more than a year before their tanks are taken down for rescape or quit due to algae. This is a very unforgiving hobby, just to let you know. There are heaps of people who spend 1k to 2k on their setup and when they give up or change their mind just a few months later, they can't even unload their used chillers, tanks, accessories for 40% of the initial retail price. Look around carousel and ASAP FB group site and you will know what I mean.

    My advise in this hobby is don't spend too much. Just buy what has been proven and works, good to read ADA magazine and know what's the latest products, but check feedback here and on FB on what is recommended.

    Good luck in your setup.

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    thank you for the advise.. yes i will do more read up

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