Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: havre de grace, MD
Thanks for the input, Goodwill. I tried calling the manufacturer about the stuff, and they read to me word for word what was written on the back of the bag. When I told the guy that, he sounded pretty embarrassed. Nonetheless, what you say both makes sense, and does clarify things a little bit. If the only problem with a critter eating this stuff, is that it might impact their digestive tract, then it obviously doesn't have any chemicals in it that are too terrible to life, otherwise the reptiles would die of some sort of poisoning.
Update thus far: it's been about 36 hours since the new substrate went in. Since there was still about 4 inches of water in the tank (couldn't drain all of it, because the khuli loaches under the wall would die) I didn't put the NoSalt and calcium carbonate layered on the bottom, as per recommendations. I just mixed a couple table spoons of each, with the dirt, after I took it off the stove. I also poured in the nasty rust water from the steel wool, as the mud was boiling. I'm sure the substrate now has plenty high iron content! Well, I planted one crypt spiralis, two crypt parvas, some sort of grass that I picked up from petco about 6 months ago (sort of a long story about that stuff) the anubias, and a single strand of my unknown grass from the chesapeake.
I did a 30% water change, threw in an ammonia neutralizing alka seltzer tablet thing, along with some extra bacteria culture I had from when I cycled the tank. I also put some metafix (tea trea oil) and solazyme (alo vera extract) in, just in an attempt to keep the fish a little healthier. Once the water is all cleared up, I'll take another pic.