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post #1 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Would it be alright to just use fertalizer?

I was thinking of having grass on the bottom. So would it be alright to just have fertilizer on the bottom? Or do I need some kind of substrate like sand?
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 11:56 AM
Ilya:

Is this for a tank which you are "setting up" and if so what is the size of the tank (physical dimensions)?

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of taking my tank out of cycling, and putting in fertilizer.

It's a 22 gallon.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 12:13 PM
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You would want some substrate to hold the roots down. As for fertilizer, I just use the liquid fertilizer and don't worry about the fertilizer tabs.

Small river rocks are probably your best choice.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 01:45 PM
Ilya:

The following link may be of some help
http://home.infinet.net/teban/substrat.htm


Also the following is the best treatise which I have found relevant to substrates
http://www.floridadriftwood.com/aqua...s_flourite.htm

If you cannot find an appropriate answer to your question in these pages then please repost

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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So, natural rocks, and liquid fertilizer. Okay. How much does the liquid fertilizer cost, and where can I get it?
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 03:33 PM
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Your LFS should have the fertilizer. I think I paid $6-8 for a bottle.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, all I need to do now is:

Replace gravel with smooth substrate (rocks?).
Give my bogwood a good clean. I think it has ammonia still on it.
Give my filter a good clean. To remove the massive amount of ammonia in it.
Replace my water.
Put in new plants.
Began the cycle by adding the appropriate amount of ammonia.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 06:14 PM
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I would recommend boiling the bogwood thoroughly after cleaning just to make sure there's no ammonia left in it. This will also make sure you don't have excess tannins still in the bogwood. Tanins will turn the water brown which isn't harmful to your fish, just people don't like their tank water to be tea colored.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-31-2007, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have a pot big enough!
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