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I have dirt from a compost pile (twigs & leaves) in a tank that has baby cories in it and a jar with composted cow manure and top soil with a few more baby cories going and all is good. Pulled most the plants out of the compost tank to catch some baby cories, but they were growing good.

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Decided to move the Echinodorus 'Paul Kloecker' out to the pond to try to save it. Hopefully the Sun light will help it pull through.

I replaced it with an Echinodorus 'Ocelot' that I saved from certain doom at the hands of a LFS plant death tank. It does have a healthy roots and had a better prognosis than Mr. Kloecker's hybred. They tossed in a baby that was equally sad.


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speerwashere - You should do a thread on that project
I think I'm going to make the 10 a bare bottom tank for babies, but may set up a 20gl or 55g with compost. If so I'll start a thread on it

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I got started feeding BARF with a dog that had cancer as you just can't feed for that properly with anyone's kibble. I feel we "cheated" death out of the trwo years for him. (11yrs)
Our 7 yrs old lab has mast tumor cell disease that forms cancer tumors and he wasn't able to keep anything down. (it messes with the esophagus so that he is basically regurgitating the food) We started him on Sojos food about 2 months ago. It's a dehydrated food that you just add water to and whatever raw meat you like. We add tofu to it as the vet thought it best.

It's the only food he's been able to keep down, he absolutely LOVES it and he's lost 15 lbs (which he needed to). He looks great and has so much energy. I definitely think this food/diet is far better than anything else we've ever fed him.

Sorry to divert from topic, but after reading about your experience, just had to share.
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I did add two boxes of peat granules to my base layer after you had recommended keeping some organics in there, Frank. I even left a few stray leaves that "escaped" the sifting I've seen a nice difference already....I think that may be why my Hygro corymbosa stricta is going super-red. I have to say that it works.

If you use peat granules, make sure that you put them on the very bottom! I had a few pop up and go floating merrily along with the current. Quite a few, actually! LOL! Once it's water-logged a peat granule will stay down, but my goodness! Those little dudes are very buoyant!!

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"The iron has to be dissolved in order to be available to most plants. It won't dissolve unless its chemically reduced to Fe++ (ferrous ion). That requires the absence of oxygen caused by anaerobic bacteria acting upon organic material (i.e. peat). Specialized anaerobic bacteria are also responsible for the reduction of the iron. The humic acids of peat also prevent the Fe++ from being oxidized and precipitating (going out of solution) by attaching to the dissolved iron ion (a process called chelation)."

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Peat and worming castings go into my tank. Last time I left leaves in the soil bubble kept raising from the soil. I know it was from the decompostion of the plant matter.

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Meh....a FEW bubbles never hurt anything.....
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BTW - Rottweiler poop....always a RAOK around here, bring a big bag I have shovels you can barrow.
What you can't just ship some?

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Real men don't use shovels?? Rotty pooh looks just like the dog too, a black jacket and brown on the inside.

I'm glad to see this tank is still in action and it makes me wonder if you could make MDS as a stand alone soil.
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