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post #21 of 126 Old 09-22-2010, 05:11 PM
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post #22 of 126 Old 09-22-2010, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Nope, lol.. Probably going to let the soil mineralise for at least another week. I'll probably set it up next week if I can borrow my girl's camera.

Actually, beginning to second-guess the black sand... I can get black sand or black gravel for the same price.. Meh, I'll probably do sand. lol.

I also have to place a plant order before I set it up...
Probably some hairgrass, a couple swords of one sort or another... The plants will be biotope, but I might put some celestial pearl danios in at some point.

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post #23 of 126 Old 09-23-2010, 03:18 PM
i actually did it by mistake... added 15 cory's and live bloodworms into the tank.. not only did they poke it they destroyed the whole tank..dug up so much debris and fert soil my sump which is 2/3 the size of the tank was filled with gunk in no time. had to use live worms.had 4 bumblebees in there and thats all they eat.have since re homed the cory's to their own 90 gallon.got a nice piece of drift wood in there.im looking at the room temp range to see whether it will fit discus.then the work begins

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
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post #24 of 126 Old 09-23-2010, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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supposed to wait!!! lol. Everyone wait please. Cories are fine, but you want to wait until the soil is waterlogged and ammonia and nitrites are 0... About 3-4 weeks.

I'll post more this week, but I gotta go catch the bus.

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post #25 of 126 Old 09-23-2010, 06:06 PM
question.. i see in your initial post that you use clay rich soil from your backyard, could one use fluorite for it? ie. organic soil mixed with flourite with sand on top for substrate?
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post #26 of 126 Old 09-24-2010, 12:04 PM
well they were added 1 month later but the live bloodworms were too much for them to ignore lol

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #27 of 126 Old 09-24-2010, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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I dont see why not... Most people consider flourite to be a less messy substitute for soil, but if you mixed them you might just get the advantages of both.

@kitten
Yep, I realised later that cories would go bonkers for worms... Of course, without any water movement the soil/sand mixture would have settled relatively quickly. Many people who use sand and soil mix them together when the soil is fully wwaterlogged...

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post #28 of 126 Old 09-24-2010, 12:35 PM
I thought sand was being used to compact and weight the soil down? by mixing it wouldn't the soil be exposed to disturbance and easily cloud the water?
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post #29 of 126 Old 09-25-2010, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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The soil only musses up the water when it tries to float, and some particles (the ones that are semi-waterlogged) float around water column... Once the soil is completely waterlogged, it will sink relatively easily.

The sand/gravel is to hold the soil down and prevent it from making a mess in the early stages, and also give it weight to hold down the plants. In my 5G I pull plants out pretty often... The particles just sink right down to the bottom again.

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post #30 of 126 Old 09-25-2010, 12:50 PM
yeah they do sink down after a while bu if you have corys looking for worms 24/7 thats when the nightmare starts

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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