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post #71 of 123 Old 11-11-2010, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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hate to tell you, but that won't work either.

The Betta will more than likely devour the RCS overnight.

Smaller fish can be housed with RCS though...
Just think small tetras and danios. Or a CPO.

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post #72 of 123 Old 11-13-2010, 10:47 AM
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Would just a thin layer of eco-complete under pea gravel do well? I am planting Anacharis, anubias, java moss and fern, cryptocryne wenditt, ozelot swords and Vesuvius.
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post #73 of 123 Old 11-13-2010, 09:47 PM
you could put the gravel over the eco complete but why not just use the eco complete? its bassically gravel,it sinks and is made for aquariums

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post #74 of 123 Old 11-13-2010, 11:10 PM
ecocomplete is generally used as gravel, it acts like a light medium between sand and gravel. If you prefer the look of pea gravel, its fine to keep ecocomplete under.

@Redchigh, i just set up my first aquarium with soil. Possibly the most annoying substrate i have ever worked with.
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post #75 of 123 Old 11-17-2010, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Why is it annoying?

After my first tank, I learned how to do w/cs and to pull up plants slowly.... Since then no problems.

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Soil substrates are not generally for those who frequently uproot plant's and or otherwise disturb it.
Have heard of those who place nylon mesh over the soil and then place gravel over top.Netting if large enough ,will still allow roots to penetrate to the soil but makes less mess when uprooting,re-planting.
Water changes into a vase,pitcher,or onto a plate or saucer ,can help keep soil from being disturbed.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #77 of 123 Old 11-17-2010, 11:37 AM
no is annoying cuz when i planted, it absorbed a bunch of gravel so then i had to add some more gravel but some got out and i had floating soil in places, and now the soil is water logged, but my gravel is no longer a clean mat of gravel and is isntead speckled with soil which looks like poop. Also poked the soil but then gravel fell in and now its not an even layer and that bugs me when i look at it >.<
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post #78 of 123 Old 11-17-2010, 05:15 PM
so is there any reson i should not set up a 38 gallon npt?

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I've set up a 15 gallon with soil and gravel and a 5 gallon with soil and sand. Lessons so far: Light is important... Was slow on getting the 5 gallon some good light, and I'm watching it with some foreboding, might have to be redone. The 15 gallon seems to be doing all right, though I had a MTS die.
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I've set up a 15 gallon with soil and gravel and a 5 gallon with soil and sand. Lessons so far: Light is important... Was slow on getting the 5 gallon some good light, and I'm watching it with some foreboding, might have to be redone. The 15 gallon seems to be doing all right, though I had a MTS die.
That would totally explain why my snails are miserable despite the harder water.. I have no light for my tank except direct natural light for ~3 hrs a day and indirect natural like fore the next 5.
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