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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-23-2007, 05:16 PM
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RachPreach: I would imagine it would work better with smaller substrates. With SMS which is supposedly light, I personally would want a nice thick layer of SMS on top to keep the soil down.

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well i was asking if i could freeze blocks of the SMS so it would be easier to add to any existing setup to prevent all of the dust.

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sms?
it'll work with sand even.. You just have to worry about the soil going anaerobic if you bury it too deep. I won't get oxygen down there. Two inches would be the max depth.

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soil master select....its a common cheap substrate used by alot of aquarists. Its very fine grained. I was just wanting to know if it would freeze into blocks. I guess ill just try it.

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oh, that stuff... I can't find it anywhere by me. I use shultz's aquasoil instead.
Yeah, I can't see why not. Just wet the soil first. And use managable containters.. Maybe ziplock sandwich bags even.

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yeah thats what i was gonna do. thanks!

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Anyway... I moved the tank and added the soil yesterday afternoon. Everything went quite well. Did some tests this morning and thus far no NH3/NH4 and no NO2. Seems that the combination of my biofilter and the prep of the soil has been sufficient to handle any NH3/NH4 and the resulting NO2. I'll get some pics up soon. I added a few more plants to the mix.

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