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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Fish seem to like garden soil in their tanks

I have 5 tanks.

All have similar plants, mainly hornwort and wisteria and duckweed.

Two of them had garden soil put in as substrate. Three had standard pool sand put in.

Fish in the garden soil tanks seem happier and more energetic.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 05:22 AM
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Garden soil has the capacity to be alive in the sense that many types of microorganisms thrive in it, and it develops a give and take with the water, keeping many chemicals in a better balance. Part of this is because of the cationic exchange capacity.

Sand is nowhere near as good at any of this, sort of a sterile nothing in the tank.
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Re: Fish seem to like garden soil in their tanks

You used just dirt without a cap as substrate?

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Re: Fish seem to like garden soil in their tanks

I need answers! Ha jk but I am just curious. I want to see pictures. How much flow do you have in these dirt tanks?

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-14-2013, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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One does have a layer of pool sand over it. It doesn't really make much of a difference.

Other is just...garden soil.

Generally fish in the dirt tanks are more lively.

flow? I dunno, I use standard 10 gallon filters.
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Re: Fish seem to like garden soil in their tanks

How did you go about setting up just a pure dirt substrate? This sounds interesting. I have plenty of extra tanks just sitting around. What soil specifically did you use?

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i find if i dry start the tank i dont really have much of a problem with the soil moving around if theres a little flow. never set up a tank like this but have seen it while growing plants in tupperwares and stuff. after a while it just stays together
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My Mosquito Rasboras loved my cube tank when i had soil with sand cap. I have now changed the substrate to cat litter and the fish is not happy. They are hiding most of the day, they are less active when feeding and the nice colors of the fish is gone, they look pale

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