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Guide to Setting Up a Soil Substrate Planted Aquarium- Part 2

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Guide to Setting Up a Soil Substrate Planted Aquarium- Part 2
Old 11-28-2010, 01:08 PM   #81
 
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TEST THE WATER. That's CRUCIAL with soil. Test Test Test!!!

At minimum, daily for the first month (until ammonia and nitrite are 0) and right after any massive trimming.
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:18 PM   #82
 
WELL. ive test my water a grand total of 1 time since setting it up... >.> and since i was away wasnt in a posiiton to, but it seems that my crypt has completely failed and my anubias has started to dry out. Maybe the trace minerals arent leaking out enough or its been too cold in an unheated house. My sword if full of brown diatoms but thats sustained my shrimp while i was gone so, +1 for natural light. Still the most annoying substrate i have though, its making my gravel layer look super messy..
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:18 PM   #83
 
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Why is it making your gravel look messy?

Are you stirring it? Don't do that. :P
If you poke it, the soil won't rise... Or you can add a little extra gravel on top after everything is planted...

Your crypt probably just melted... It happens. IT'll come back.


The Diatoms probably mean that your aquarium hasn't developed enough bacteria yet... It'll come around.
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:50 PM   #84
 
IM getting crazy readings, on my tests, i had to do it twice to make sure :-/ The messynenss is from the soil taht floated up finally sinking, but now it looks like fish poop everywhere. I might place down a coat of black sand over the gravel just to make the tank darker and, hopefully, promote the redness of my shrimp. However, it seems my mts are avoiding digging in the soil. They also have healthy shells now, but they dont seem happy, they move slow, do not dig, and a couple are just laying around on their backs, but occasionally turn over and crawl a little before returning to just laying down. I am getting ammonia readings but no nitrites. My nitrates were high on my first test a week ago, but after a 10% water change where i vaccummed up some of the leftover chalk and melted crypts, my nitrates dropped. I didnt test before the water change so i dont know if it was like that before the change. My 4 leaves of duckweed is now 8 leaves of duckweed, but i dont think that was what took up all my nitrates.

My dwarf sword is also starting to melt, which is concerning. Some of the original big leaves look fine, but some of the new leaves are yellowing. I think it might be a temprature thing since the winter is causing my tank to be at a solid 62F which is low for the shrimp too. I dont know how i can heat it up though, my mini heater doesnt have a long enough cord and if i move the tank it has no light. Also my anubias has leaves out of the water that look like they are drying up.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:15 PM   #85
 
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I really think you need a heater... Just forget about sunlight and use CFLs.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:39 PM   #86
 
issue is that theres no way to attach a lamp to this i would need to go buy a desklamp to dedicate to this.. :-/
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:00 PM   #87
 
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I find cheap lamps at thrift stores for under $4...
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:10 PM   #88
 
yea but that involves searching and im out of desk/tabletop space so that means i need to clean... etc.etc. Yes im lazy. >.<
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:07 PM   #89
 
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After reading Ecology of the planted aquarium, I noticed an error.

I used cat litter, and haven't had any problems... but Walstad mentions that mixing laterite with soil can be dangerous- the bacteria and microorganisms in the soil will free up the iron too fast, resulting in toxicity.

Also, according to the book, fish food has quite a bit of iron in it- plenty for low tech.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:38 AM   #90
 
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Wow, I've got to go back and read everything in this thread and start taking notes. This sounds like a very interesting set up choice and I'm already considering doing it. Prepare for many questions...haha. Thanks so much for posting this!!!!!!
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