02-15-2013, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Aurie
I don't mind the black specs of the soil here and there, what I mind is when I want to move a plant that is taking over my tank it doesn't spew soil everywhere pretty much making the layering useless. I sprinkled more sand over the area and I'm hoping for the best but I'm no so sure.
I think I just need different plants. The ones I have in there aren't what I'm looking for and the stores around me just have the generic "beginner" plants like java fern and anubias etc .. Maybe I should just do the whole thing in Mini Pellia and call it a day LOL
All that's in there is 1 betta, a nerite and a handful of MTS
Do you think if I switched to sand, and dosed about 1/4th to 1/2 mil of comprehensive 2x a week I'd be ok? I can't commit to dosing every day, and I'm not a chemist but it'd give me the ease of use that I'd be looking for so I could move things around if I needed to..
I don't use soil in any of my tanks. I have plain sand or fine gravel substrates. I dose Flourish Comprehensive twice weekly, but I have very soft water and need this; sometimes once a week is sufficient. I use substrate tabs only for the larger swords in my big tanks.
Stem plants need reguar trimming, which usually means pulling them up, cutting off the tops and replanting those. I can see how a soil substrate would be a mess. Another option with the soil would be plants that don't need this, say crypts, or pygmy chain sword. Floating plants are essential for Betta and any anabantid.