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- You will see a big change in plant growth when using soil as the base....once the tank is mature and the soil alive you don't need water changes like you do with regular planted tanks....even the decomp that happens creates CO2 for the plants, pH decrease and the tank kinda takes care of itself in a sense......and you don't need to add ferts except for a little extra fish food for the plants...lol.....a lot of thing can go wrong with NPT too......usually it is light related that causes poor plant growth or anaerobic problems...but trumpet snails or a little poking will take care of that, not enough of the right plants on start up can cause a crash too...but they are great once they mature...the hardest part is the mass plant growth and needing another tank....lol......
- You can cap the soil with either sand or small diameter gravel-either work and I use both depending on the tank...I don't use any more than half inch of gravel...just enough to hold the soil in place
I use all kinds of stuff in my NPT-dirt from my yard, Miracle grow organic potting soil, organic potting soil, some have 25% clay kitty litter, red clay from my yard....everyone of my NPT has a different soil base...and to be honest...I can't tell that much difference in plant growth or more problems with one than the other...well except for the one I used sand from my stock pond for the cap...what a mess the silts made...lol......and I had to use 1/2 inch of gravel to fix it because I didn't want to tear it down and start over....lol.....
- Hey, OFL!
Happy belated birthday! I feel bad for missing it! I hope it was a lovely day :)
I have a question. After looking (hah, "stalking", really) your awesome NPTs, I noticed you use soil in them. I dont want to do a walstad-like set-up, but Ive been curious about using soil under my gravel for a while.
Is it possible to use soil under the gravel for my plants? If so, is regular potting soil (not like Miracle Grow) a good idea? Theyre doing well for now, but I'd like to have them do even BETTER! :)
- Iron oxide or rust is common- when a compound and not free ionic form it should not cause any fish problems- usually Iron in our water are inert-it can cloud the water and cause algae blooms....since it is a metal the dechlorinator like Prime should bind with it so it shouldn't be able to be absorbed by the fish if you have really high levels of iron in your water especially if your water is soft with a low pH...
I would get an Iron (Fe) test kit and check your levels...if you have live plants they will love it...
- You seem to know alot about water, especially well water. I made a post but i dont have a test kit. Could a high amount of iron affect a fish? I imagine it could, but what about letting it sit out and settle a few days. It still has a tint but not so orange. Id like to use tap instead of buying water all the time but the water here is gross, leaves bubbly foamy stuff on sinks and discolors clothes ect.
- Hi OFL,
Haven't been writing/posting in a while. Our fish were doing fine. However, yesterday I was looking for your Epsom salt mix recipe and had to look through message to find it. I was thinking you should maybe have it posted as a sticky note at the top of the emergencies page. It would be a lot of help. You have such a deep knowledge of how to treat Betta emergencies and having it compiled in a sticky note would help.
I have our CT male in a QT right now... he was sharing his tank with some Neon Tetras and Cherry Barbs and was nipped on and now seems to have a swim bladder issue on top of his fin problems.
Hope all your tanks are doing fine.
Greetings - Danie
- I just wanted to leave a little message. I missed your birthday a few days ago and wanted to say from the bottom of my heart, Happy Birthday. You do so much for all the members here. You take time out of your day to help as many of us as you can when we are panicking about our sick Betta. You welcome new members and reassure them that we are doing ok, and if we aren't you guide us on the right path. Thank you Oldfishlady. I hope you were able to spend your birthday doing what you wished to, and that you were surrounded by the ones you love.