Why we like UNS Controsoil:
Our recommended substrate choice for beginners!
Controsoil is available in various bag, granule sizes and colors to accommodate user preference and aquatic plant choice.
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Choosing a quality substrate is an essential part of a nature aquarium as it provides vital nutrients for lush plant growth and helps balance water properties by decreasing the hardness/pH for optimal levels for aquatic plants, shrimp, and most tropical fish.
Originating in Japan, Ultum Nature Systems x Marfied Controsoil consists of high-quality natural soil and volcanic ash. It’s common for competing substrates to cause ammonia levels to spike. While this helps “jump start” a tank and promotes plant growth; it is toxic to livestock and can cause unsightly algae during the initial stages of an aquarium setup. Controsoil provides the perfect level of nutrients without excess. Many have successfully added livestock within the first 24 hours of a newly set up tank with this substrate without worry. We do however suggest making sure that ammonia and nitrites are eliminated before adding livestock.
No rinsing required
No excessive nutrient leeching means little to no algae growth
Buffers water to slightly acidic pH for better aquatic plant nutrient consumption environment
Suitable for all freshwater inhabitants such as tropical fish and shrimp that prefer slightly acidic aquarium water
Comes in 3 different granule sizes that provide optimal oxygen exchange and rich nutrients for aquatic plant roots
2 different color choices available
How much Ultum Nature Systems x Marfied Controsoil do I need?
The general rule of thumb is one 3L bag per 5 gallons or one 10L bag per 20 gallons
One 10L bag will fill a UNS Standard 60U Glass Aquarium with approximately 2” of substrate
[Tank Length x Tank Depth x Desired Substrate Height (inches)] / 60 = Total liters of Controsoil required
What's the difference between Ultum Nature Systems x Marfied Controsoil Normal and Extra Fine?
Extra Fine features smaller granules of soil which is beneficial for plants with shorter and less developed roots which is common with foreground plants. Our recommended granule size for aquatic plants such as Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo’, Hemianthus Callitrichoides ‘Cuba' and other similar sized plants.
Shipping, Returns and Refunds
Live plants are shipped Monday - Friday for all west coast orders. For all remaining states, live plants will only be shipped Monday through Wednesday and Friday to ensure they arrive at your doorstep 100% healthy.
Rimless aquariums will be shipped throughout the week via UPS or Fedex Ground. For more information, please visit our FAQ page.
Hard goods can be returned up to 14 days after receipt of purchase. Buyer is responsible for return shipping.
Due to its nature, we are unable to accept returns for live plants. In the unlikely event you are unsatisfied in any way, please contact us ASAP. We provide 100% DOA (Dead On Arrival) protection.
To be eligible for a refund/store credit, please contact us within 12 hours of receiving it and provide a photo of the item in its original packaging.
No worries, we’ll take care of everything as long as it fits the guidelines above.
Most answers to general questions can be found on our FAQ page.