10-13-2010, 10:39 AM
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My soil is all done... Dried, crushed (was a pain breaking up the clay balls), and sifted... I mixed it with sand to be on the safe side.
My plants should be in tomorrow... I hope I have a camera by then.
You're right, a soil tank shouldn't need any liquid fertilisers for a long time. I'm not sure there's been any long-term research with the OC soil... Soils can get depleted over time, but typically, the bacteria in the soil can break down fish waste and uneaten food into nutrients the plant can assimilate. The plants will let you know if and when you have to add anything.
My oldest tank, the 5G with soil, has been running for about a year without any ferts or waterchanges. (If I had hard water, I might be concerned with only topping off since minerals can build up, but the ph in that tank is lower than any of my other ones-5.0
There's another advantage to soil too if you order from sweet aquatics..
They use soil-based substrates, so plants will adjust faster, and crypts will be slightly less likely to melt. :P
Last edited by redchigh; 10-13-2010 at 10:42 AM..