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72g Dirted Bow Front build. Strike 1

back to reef keeping.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 03:27 PM
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Planning on capping that potting mix I hope

Having a total substrate depth of about 2.5-3" really helps.
Even with the bags not having much in the way of bigger organic material the potting mix will still collapse a good bit the first year so save some extra capping material tucked away to add later as needed.

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Nice garage sale score! I was really hoping to find something like that this summer, but everyone around here wants more than I can afford for their used stuff. Oh well, maybe next year!
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No comment about rinsing the substrate?

yes you should, its dirty.
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The "dirt" is just the fine grains that will end up clouding the tank and then get removed by the filter/water changes anyways. I highly suggest rinsing as well, I thought I did enough and it was still a bit cloudy and I didn't even use it for the entire substrate.
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I wouldn't wash any of it. Let your filters do the hard work of keeping the water clear plus you don't want to rinse away nutrient in the soil.

I love the gravel you picked up from superior. I should have done that. If you check out my journal linked in my signature, you'll see the piece of driftwood I picked up at superior.
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Really doubt you'll be washing away much of anything other than the smaller particles. Seachem says it's ok...

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Although pre-washed, it may be rinsed before use to remove residual dust. Dust can also be minimized by filling aquarium slowly and dispersing water so that the FlouriteŽ bed is not disturbed. Slight initial cloudiness is normal and will clear rapidly (2–12 hours). To shorten the cloudiness period use Clarity™ in conjuction with mechanical filtration (such as filter floss).
But you can minimize the dust and take care of it later if you want.
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Matter of personal preference. I've done both and there's really no big difference.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 11:20 PM
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Depends on what you are planting...if things with larger root systems, then you might want to plant then cap. But a few stem plants (especially trimmings) wont take much to stay rooted.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-03-2013, 08:52 AM
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It really depends on the piece.

The wood I have in my 20 long had been sitting submerged with a rock on it for two weeks because it floated. It still doesn't exactly sit the way I want it either.

There are people that go for months and virtually never see it sink. Finding a way to anchor it down is really the only way you can make sure it stays waterlogged.
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