ada vs seachem substrate

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ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby vikas » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:16 pm

can anyone shed some light which substrate is good for planted aquarium ada or seachem or any other branded substrate available in the market..


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Re: ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby sushant » Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:42 pm

As far as i know,Seachem florite red/ black are inert. Aqua soil (soil based eg. ADA, controsoil, etc )on the other hand are rich in humic acid and minerals. Since most of the plants take ferts from water column itself, you can get good results with either of these by dosing regularly.
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Re: ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby vikas » Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:42 pm

sushant wrote:As far as i know,Seachem florite red/ black are inert. Aqua soil (soil based eg. ADA, controsoil, etc )on the other hand are rich in humic acid and minerals. Since most of the plants take ferts from water column itself, you can get good results with either of these by dosing regularly.

and if there is no dosing and no external source of co2 relying only on the substrate for plants growth than which one is good?
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Re: ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby sushant » Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:09 pm

vikas wrote:
sushant wrote:As far as i know,Seachem florite red/ black are inert. Aqua soil (soil based eg. ADA, controsoil, etc )on the other hand are rich in humic acid and minerals. Since most of the plants take ferts from water column itself, you can get good results with either of these by dosing regularly.

and if there is no dosing and no external source of co2 relying only on the substrate for plants growth than which one is good?

In that case soil based should work better but that too in the initial 6-10 months. But don't expect lush growth like you see in most of the tank competition.
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Re: ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby vikas » Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:55 pm

sushant wrote:
vikas wrote:
sushant wrote:As far as i know,Seachem florite red/ black are inert. Aqua soil (soil based eg. ADA, controsoil, etc )on the other hand are rich in humic acid and minerals. Since most of the plants take ferts from water column itself, you can get good results with either of these by dosing regularly.

and if there is no dosing and no external source of co2 relying only on the substrate for plants growth than which one is good?

In that case soil based should work better but that too in the initial 6-10 months. But don't expect lush growth like you see in most of the tank competition.

for a tank of size 19"x13"x13" two cfl of 20 w and ada or control soil as substrate. will this setup work for plants??
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Re: ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby sushant » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:24 pm

vikas wrote:
sushant wrote:
vikas wrote:
sushant wrote:As far as i know,Seachem florite red/ black are inert. Aqua soil (soil based eg. ADA, controsoil, etc )on the other hand are rich in humic acid and minerals. Since most of the plants take ferts from water column itself, you can get good results with either of these by dosing regularly.

and if there is no dosing and no external source of co2 relying only on the substrate for plants growth than which one is good?

In that case soil based should work better but that too in the initial 6-10 months. But don't expect lush growth like you see in most of the tank competition.

for a tank of size 19"x13"x13" two cfl of 20 w and ada or control soil as substrate. will this setup work for plants??

You should go for low light setup if you are not interested in adding ferts and co2.
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Re: ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby vikas » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:27 pm

sushant wrote:
vikas wrote:
sushant wrote:
vikas wrote:
sushant wrote:As far as i know,Seachem florite red/ black are inert. Aqua soil (soil based eg. ADA, controsoil, etc )on the other hand are rich in humic acid and minerals. Since most of the plants take ferts from water column itself, you can get good results with either of these by dosing regularly.

and if there is no dosing and no external source of co2 relying only on the substrate for plants growth than which one is good?

In that case soil based should work better but that too in the initial 6-10 months. But don't expect lush growth like you see in most of the tank competition.

for a tank of size 19"x13"x13" two cfl of 20 w and ada or control soil as substrate. will this setup work for plants??

You should go for low light setup if you are not interested in adding ferts and co2.

Only one cfl??
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Re: ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby saikumar » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:37 am

vikas wrote:
sushant wrote:
vikas wrote:
sushant wrote:
vikas wrote:
sushant wrote:As far as i know,Seachem florite red/ black are inert. Aqua soil (soil based eg. ADA, controsoil, etc )on the other hand are rich in humic acid and minerals. Since most of the plants take ferts from water column itself, you can get good results with either of these by dosing regularly.

and if there is no dosing and no external source of co2 relying only on the substrate for plants growth than which one is good?

In that case soil based should work better but that too in the initial 6-10 months. But don't expect lush growth like you see in most of the tank competition.

for a tank of size 19"x13"x13" two cfl of 20 w and ada or control soil as substrate. will this setup work for plants??

You should go for low light setup if you are not interested in adding ferts and co2.

Only one cfl??

what plants?

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Re: ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby vikas » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:45 am

still looking for plants..
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Re: ada vs seachem substrate

Unread postby mats » Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:04 am

Without an external source of co2 it will be wasting money on the soil as most plants that grow without co2 addition also grow without extra rich soil / substrate and generally speaking are low light plants
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