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post #121 of 123 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 04:47 AM
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Can i use mixed soil for my 1st layer then cap of with pea gravel? the mix soil is a combination of soil and dried leaves and tree bark.
It is possible to use pea gravel if it is small enough to keep the dirt down. To a trial in a bucket or tupper ware item. If it doesn't hold the dirt down you can put a fingers width of sand over it and then add the pea gravel. Some nursery's or landscapers will allow you to take a little for a small aquarium. Just need to bring a bucket.

If the mixed soil doesn't have bark from sap trees you can use it. May affect your ph.
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post #122 of 123 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 08:13 AM
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Thanks for the quick reply Hilde!

Nope, correction, the person in the gardening shop told me that it was just made from soil and rice husk. is that any good? wouldn't the decaying rice husk be a problem in the long run?

there was also another type of potting soil they were selling, it was a mix of soil, crushed rice husk and vermicas, would that be better for aquatic plants or just plain top soil is best?

is it ok to put bleach in the soil/substrate to clean out algae before cycling tank?

sorry for all the questions, im new to the natural planted aquarium so i wanted to do it right from the start

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The person in the gardening shop told me that it was just made from soil and rice husk. Wouldn't the decaying rice husk be a problem in the long run?
You should start a thread, for this is considered hijacking.

I found you have a thread but none have responded. Excuse all for the hijacking. I shall go to his thread.

I use reptile coconut bark as bottom layer. For read at Tom Barr Report that mulch adds Co2 to the substrate. With it in substrate only have to dose only 5ml of Excel daily to 29G tank.
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