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Sand, soil, or some kind of dirt for new aquarium?
Old 11-09-2010, 08:10 PM   #11
 
No byron has a plant guide, but redchigh has a soil substrate guide. If it can get stickied then people will be able to see it at the top of the list and refer to it easily. Im not recommending any mehtod, the soil method has lots of benefits, but gravel or just sand is much easier.

I said in his sig because its listed there part 1 and part 2 are both there. Part 1 talks about the pros and cons as well as how to prep the soil Part 2 is the actual laying of the substrate.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:32 AM   #12
 
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Indeed. Everyone has their preferred method. I prefer soil.

Did you find the links in my sig?
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:20 PM   #13
 
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Yes I did. I like the pictures.

Redchigh, you prefer useing ramshorn snails? Don't those multiply and infest tanks? Just wondering.

I might have my amazon tank in as soon as this week, I'll keep y'all posted on that. I intend to use redchigh's method of substrate.

Thanks everybody, I'll keep y'all posted.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:37 PM   #14
 
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I have pond, ramshorn, and MTS in every tank I have.

If you don't overfeed, you won't have an outbreak. (I've run a couple of my tanks for years, with snails the whole time.)

The amount of snails will fluctuate... Sometimes more, and sometimes down to about 2 or 3.
They crawl out of the woodwork when you feed the fish to eat it off of the bottom, but they aren't rampant.

I'd much rather have some snails than dead fish. (from the rotten food that the snails would have eaten.)
If a fish dies in a huge plant, they'll take care of it too. (Not that you should purposely leave a dead fish, but if you miss one.)
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