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post #61 of 126 Old 10-06-2010, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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They'll turn it once the soil is well saturated, but at the beginning it helps to poke it a bit. The tool is also good for moving sand around, and stirring the sand right before pictures to get rid of any fish waste that sits on top.

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post #62 of 126 Old 10-06-2010, 02:20 PM
Doesn't the soil poking cause your sand to sift into the soil and mix them?
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post #63 of 126 Old 10-06-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe a little, but the soil doesn't make it above the sand... I'll post a pic of my 10G asian one day to show you.

Some people who use gravel and topsoil (without the potting soil) treat the topsoil like old-style flourite...
Mix some substrate with topsoil (about 30% topsoil to 70% gravel/sand) and put about 2-3 inches in the bottom, with an inch of plain sand/gravel on top...


I don't do it that way, since my method works for me and potting soil is cheaper than substrate.

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post #64 of 126 Old 10-06-2010, 03:42 PM
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Haha Kitten it was a typo. i meant soil. :)
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post #65 of 126 Old 10-06-2010, 09:34 PM
Hey redchigh tomorrow i might be able to post a pic or 2 of my 10 gallon soil substrate rcs breeder if you'd like.

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post #66 of 126 Old 10-07-2010, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Feel free. If anyone wants to see soil substrate tank photos, just look at my aquarium log.

I have a 10 and a 5 with soil, and my main 10G guppy is the one I'm overhauling.

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post #67 of 126 Old 10-07-2010, 05:30 PM
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one of the many RCS
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this tank was set up with non-ideal conditions (setup,let run for 2 days then shrimp added) but is thriving,i used miracle gro organic potting mix.


sorry the pics are so big im kinda lazy at resizing

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post #68 of 126 Old 10-07-2010, 05:40 PM
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Very nice. So let me get this right I can just put the miracle grow in then the plants then fish or shrimp. Is that right? Or do I need to put the mircle grow then the plants then wait awhile and check water for ammonia, nitrates and nitrites first then when those are all fine add fish or shrimp. I plan on planting lots of plants in my tank.

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Why is that non-ideal conditions?

You can plant immediately into OC potting mix as long as you have enough plants... I think you had enough for shrimp but woulda been in trouble with fish.

(Add more plants- With shrimp you want as much surface area as possible.)

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post #70 of 126 Old 10-07-2010, 05:45 PM
i thoughtn that i would have to let it cycle but i may be wrong,also im going to add more when i order the ones from you.

i guess its fine because theres 2 algea eaters and some type of fish FRY in there thatn are thriving.

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