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post #11 of 16 Old 06-29-2007, 10:29 AM
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If you have your heart set on using the soil, I would recommend you take a sample to a local geologist to get it checked out. Depending on what is in the soil, it can be harmful to your fish.
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-29-2007, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
Actually I want the soil as a substrate because the organic matter will decay and that will do as a good fertilizer for the plants.However they will block the small pores and thus hampering the biological filter.I have read these things in TFH.There they were telling that mixing of pumice with the soil is a good idea.So what do you suggest??
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-29-2007, 12:44 PM
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What kind of plants are you looking at? A lot can get by on the byproducts of fish with occasional suppliments from fertilizers.
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-29-2007, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
I will be using Amazon Sword,Cryp,Valisneria,Java Fern etc...
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post #15 of 16 Old 06-30-2007, 10:07 AM
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Well, I know crypts are prolific and will thrive even in low light. As for the amazon swords, mine did well in a tank with a carbon filter and no fert. I didn't bother to replace the carbon and after a month of being in the tank, I've added a couple of doses of liquid fert and the swords still look pretty good. Not sure about the Val.
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Avoid Nymphaea lotus. While they do thrive without problems, they overrun pretty much most of the tank and will cut off the lighting from other plants. I had to ripped out mine as it was causing too much monstrosity in my tank making my tank look all messed up.

Vals are not a problem either. They can overrun much of the ground quickly by runners which is why they should be controlled on regular basis if you do get lucky to produce them quickly.

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