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post #111 of 126 Old 10-13-2010, 11:07 AM
Whats the status on the guide? Has the soil dried and been crushed? When do you get your plants Redchigh?
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post #112 of 126 Old 10-13-2010, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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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

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post #113 of 126 Old 10-13-2010, 11:51 AM
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The plants I used in this tank did not come from sweetaquatics two the cryp wendtii and the wisteria came from one of my other tanks, the 2 I added yesterday came from the LFS and the others I purchased from an Ebay seller. ; ) that why I am so surprised with the way they all look even after just a few days in the tank. So far I am very pleased if this one goes well I plan on changing out all my tanks.

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So far I am very pleased if this one goes well I plan on changing out all my tanks.
You caught the bug. I'm in the process of changing my tanks over too.

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LOL Yes I will definatly do my smaller tanks this way however I may leave the 55 gallon and the 44 gallon the way they are just because they are doing well and it would take an awful lot of miracle grow to fill them. LOL

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It would indeed.

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Okay, I just checked tracking info and the plants are out for delivery.

That means I have to run home... lol.

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Yippie your plants are comeing! Looking forward to seeing you tank pictures.

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post #119 of 126 Old 10-15-2010, 12:30 PM
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Oh red I need your help again. LOL I have not poked my soil the last couple of days and today when I went to poke it I noticed it has a white cloudy almost like smoke that came out is this normal or have I messed something up? Am I suspose to poke the soil everyday until I get the snails? I am going to go keep pokeing it some more until I see no more of the smokey stuff comeing out. I really hope I have not messed anything up by not pokeing the last fews days.

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If it's just a white cloud without bubbles, then that's ok.
(OC potting soil has minterals in it... I suspect to be either dolomite or chalk.)

Don't be too worried unless bubbles come up that smell like rotten eggs.

Plants are in, tank is setup and planted.
Just waiting on the pictures.

I'm really excited... the cabomba furcata seems to be doing really well.

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