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.
“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”
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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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.
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!!
About the need for some Organic materiel and Anaerobic Bacteria in the MTS mix:
"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)."