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Soil instead of Rock
I was thinking if instead of Rocks can chunks of soil be used for the layout in a planted tank.Because the only rocks I find in our garden is sandstone.And decorating with them :? ?? I think I wont look good...
Thanks for replying.......
I must "really be missing something here"
would not the soil "chunks" "dissolve" in the tank water
create a mess in the tank, in the mechanical filtration process and in the biological filtration process?
are you "really sure" you want to use the sandstone you quoted as the soluble impurities in the sandstone might be detrimental or lethal to your fish.
I am not concerned about the filtaration because,I have mixed pumice with the substrate.That will give space for the bacterial colonies to grow.(I read this in TFH).
I must be missing something here.
Why will not the "soil chunks" disolve in your tank water.
I do not know why but the soil is not dissolving.I have kept in a bucket of water for 1 week and tested.
Is your soil a heavy clay?
This is "just not a good idea".
Even as you put it LTB if it is a "heavy clay" by definition is composed of very, very fine minerals.
The clay will swell and the surficial minerals will dissolve.
Also, as stated earlier, the material may have impurities which are detrimental or lethal to fish.
I agree that it's not a good idea. If you like the look of it there's a substrate called EcoComplete (I think - don't quote me) which is semi-similar to soil, or at least as similar as I can think of. It's dark in colour and is less "gravelly" if you know what I mean.
OK can I use soil in substrate?????????
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