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Guide to setting up a Soil substrate planted tank
Old 10-01-2010, 12:32 PM   #41
 
so when does the next part of this guide continue? i wanna know what happens next...
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:37 PM   #42
 
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I'm picking out the plants and waiting on the soil to dry out.
Might seem odd to dry it just to wet it again, but I want to dry it so I can crush it to a powder- I don't want clumps of clay in the soil mix.


FYI, I've used the OC potting soil by itself with good results, it just seems I get more planaria with a little bit of yard soil. I like planaria- they're like sea-monkeys while the tank establishes.

I'm ordering the plants now. :) This tank will be a biotope (I almost changed my mind.)

Expect the setup next week at some point.
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:55 PM   #43
 
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Man I just got to say I can't wait to see how this turns out! I am seriously considering doing this with a 10 gallon I have and putting some dwarf puffers in it. So are you saying I can just go to Lowes and pick up a bag of plain top soil and a bag of some type of organic soil like miracle grow organic put that with some gravel and thats it? If I get the bagged soil do I still need to wet it and let it dry a few time before I set it up? Man I wish I could drive right now so I could go to the library and get the book you mentioned.
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:17 PM   #44
 
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I guess if you don't plan on breeding fish immediately, then you might as well just use Organic Choice potting soil.

You can follow the article by diana walstead that I posted if you can't wait, but I'm planting soon. :)
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:28 PM   #45
 
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Ok I will read the article it will be a couple weeks before I can get to set it up due to my back injury. I plan on setting it up with plants natural to the puffers habitiat which I found a list of on a dwarf puffer site I go to. I have to get some MTS also to go in the soil I figure since they hide the puffers will go after the pond snails and frozen foods I plan on feeding them.
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:27 AM   #46
 
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yep, pond snails and ramshorns... along with the frozen food. :)
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:03 PM   #47
 
Hey. looks like youve done your homework. Sure this is going to look awesome. Cant wait to see what happens next.

I tried a soil substrate setup before, but dont think i had the mix right. plants did ok, but then i had a real algea problem. probably cause i did not test the water back then. also had problem wat the anearobic pockets.
maybe ill try the sail substrate in my next planted setup.

Keep up the good work :).
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:49 AM   #48
 
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sail substrate??? whats that? a new type of substrate? if you want you can try to use ADA amazonia
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:07 PM   #49
 
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I tried soil from my yard once, and it went anaerobic in 4 days...

The OC potting soil is fluffy (peat I'm assuming), so seems to keep the soil from compacting.
Oddly, the ph in my soil tanks is 7.0.. Must be the minerals in the soil.

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Old 10-05-2010, 12:30 PM   #50
 
waiting for your updates has prompted me to buy diana walstad's book. I read the first two chapters. I'm already looking at my fishtank ecosystem in a whole new way. Theres so much chemistry involved >.< i had to go rest my head. science is not my forte.
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