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MG Organic Garden Soil vs. Potting Mix

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MG Organic Garden Soil vs. Potting Mix
Old 05-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #21
 
Just a note, I use Organic Choice potting mix for my tanks and it contains a lot of wood chips in the mix. The tannins that leaked into my tank were crazy, i have been changing the water regularly for almost 2 years now and the water still gets tea colored. Also, the potting mix decomposes over time, my mountainous aquascape is now pretty much flat, areas that used to have 6 inches of substrate are now just the top layer with the wood chips working their way to the surface every time the substrate gets disturbed by my trumpets.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:09 PM   #22
 
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Just a note, I use Organic Choice potting mix for my tanks and it contains a lot of wood chips in the mix. The tannins that leaked into my tank were crazy, i have been changing the water regularly for almost 2 years now and the water still gets tea colored. Also, the potting mix decomposes over time, my mountainous aquascape is now pretty much flat, areas that used to have 6 inches of substrate are now just the top layer with the wood chips working their way to the surface every time the substrate gets disturbed by my trumpets.
Thanks for reminding me... My next guide needs to mention screening :P
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:20 PM   #23
 
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Just a note, I use Organic Choice potting mix for my tanks and it contains a lot of wood chips in the mix. The tannins that leaked into my tank were crazy, i have been changing the water regularly for almost 2 years now and the water still gets tea colored. Also, the potting mix decomposes over time, my mountainous aquascape is now pretty much flat, areas that used to have 6 inches of substrate are now just the top layer with the wood chips working their way to the surface every time the substrate gets disturbed by my trumpets.
In my 10 gallon tank I have this Potting mix and MTS and never have this problem. The wood chips stay below my sand cap which is about 1/2" deep.
Now on the sides you can see where the two layers have begun to mix together. The depth of the sand in front of the dirt isn't that deep though. Which probably explains the mixing together.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:21 PM   #24
 
I tried screening, but then I found another issue, you cant add more soil without tearing your hardscape apart. Right now I sub in new soil with soil cubes, freezing soil into ice cube size blocks and stuffing it under the gravel. In my screened tank, I can't do that so its just... flat, but clean.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:30 PM   #25
 
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What I do with my soil is sift it through a cheap plastic kitchen colander first. It takes a while, but wood chips and chunks don't make it in the tank.
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