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Hi,

I wanted to touch on a subject that's always been of interest to me- the substrate. While accepting that there are many ways to maintain a planted aquarium, I would suggest to you that a properly structured substrate will increase your odds of long-term success.

Taking mother nature as a guide and looking at available research, I submit that a substrate should:
  1. Provide nutrients to plants on a long-term basis but not run the risk of fouling your water;
  2. Allow for some exchange of water between the water column and the substrate solution;
  3. Be conducive to the growth and recycling of an ecosystem composed of bacteria, fungi and other micro-organisms;
  4. Properly hold your plant roots while not damaging them; and
  5. Look good in your aquarium.
A substrate that does the above is a powerful substrate. From what I've seen of commercially available substrates, Power Sand is the only one that was designed with this in mind As such, there is "power" in Power Sand.

Do you agree? Do you know of any other substrates that meet the above?

TIA.
 

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Hi Aquanut,

Thanks for your comment.

I love Tropica and respect their products tremendously. Claus Christensen of Tropica had told me back in 1997 that they were looking to put out a substrate but that they hadn't found one they liked. I guess now they have.

I've looked at it and it seems to be similar to the Dupla product but with added sphagnum moss (for CEC I suppose). While I think that this is beneficial for our aquariums and it is certainly better than much of what is out there, I think PS has a few aspects that this doesn't.

For example, PS's use of pumice stone, carbon and peat would cause me to favor it over the Tropica product. I am assuming that Tropica is using sphagnum "peat" moss rather than just sphagnum. Otherwise, I would much prefer the ADA product.
 
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