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Old 07-18-2013, 01:12 PM   #21
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Going to be following along closely (and not just so I can potentially tell Jes "I told you so!"). Without a cap I'm just worried that the topsoil will release lots of nutrients and lead to algae. Hopefully I'm wrong. The frogbit should help if that does happen. Either way I can't wait to see what happens.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #22
 
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I have wonder that myself Cory. As of right now there is no algae but only time will tell! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #23
 
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Another thing that I what noticed with the tank is it always clearer in the morning when the lights are off. As the day goes on and the lights have been on for awhile it seems to be a lil cloudy. Not sure as to why yet.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:23 PM   #24
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Another thing that I what noticed with the tank is it always clearer in the morning when the lights are off. As the day goes on and the lights have been on for awhile it seems to be a lil cloudy. Not sure as to why yet.
Bacterial bloom perhaps? That's just my guess. If it was something like heavy metals, phosphate, or silicates I don't know why the level of cloudiness would be affected by how long the light has been on (or off). You can always test the ph and see if it comes back higher than expected.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:31 PM   #25
 
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Hmm.... well I am planning to test parameters anyways today will check the PH as well.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:22 PM   #26
 
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Ph is 7.4 no higher then my other tanks. Its also not cloudy at this time like it usually is. Soo maybe it was just part of the settling process it had to go through. As it didn't (might still) take very much at to disturb the soil. Also the other parameters are 0
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:45 PM   #27
 
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Here's a question for ya Cory..

This soil only has dirt and clay. Soo it will have some nutrients but would it have enough not to dose liquid ferts into the water cause its leeching into the water column. If that makes any sense whatsoever! LoL
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:17 PM   #28
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I suck at chemistry. Biology is much more fun.

I think you might have to just keep an eye on it and see how the plants are doing. Topsoil can be nutrient rich and you at least partially mineralized it, but didn't add any of the other stuff people do when making MTS. Then there's no cap. If there is a large percentage of clay that could release nutrients slower since clay has a higher cation exchange.

All that ( ^ ) is me saying got no clue. I'd go without dosing the water column and see how the plants do. If they look like they are struggling then start that up. If that makes sense.
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:05 AM   #29
 
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A agree, don't dose until you need it. Soil tanks are normally great at turning fish food into nutrients, but you sterilised the soil and killed the beneficial organisms... So..

Luckily clay is usually nutrient rich anyway, due to its high CEC and tiny particle size.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:55 PM   #30
 
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Yeah baking to me seems like a good idea..... maybe it wasn't, maybe it was but tell me one thing. What's the difference in mineralizing it and baking it? During both processes it heats up. Several times in fact if you actually mineralize it right. Prolonged heat can be just as bad as higher heat at a shorter time. Red have you ever done just a soil tank before?? If so how did you do it???
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