Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO
Anyone locally done a MTS tank? My 2.5 gal. tank is a layer of peat capped with no CO2, and it gets Flourish on water changes. The few plants in it seem to love it, bright colors, no holes or spots. Problem is I am always fighting green water in it.
My 26 gal. on the other hand I started out without thinking of live plants. It has a gravel filter, inert substrate and I haven't completed the CO2 system for it yet. It is a PITA to keep the plants healthy without getting an algea bloom.
I like low maintenance tanks. I am going to break down the 26 gal this spring and redo the substrate for plants. Soil tanks intrigue me, and the 2.5 gal. was a test try for me. I would like to do a MTS thinking I'd have less of a chance of getting green water regularly as with a peat or Miracle Grow Organic Soil tank. Problem is my yard is clay, clay and more clay; bentinite (sp) to be exact. When I prepped soil for my raised box veggie garden last summer I found the clay soil is very iron poor. Has anyone used heavy clay as their base for an MTS? Figuring someone local may have experience with this.
I am planning on mixing my yard soil (clay) with some peat and some organic chelated iron for the MTS. So I am guessing this is more of a variation on MTS. I am wondering what ratio of peat I will need to come up with a soil that won't compact drastically like clay does?
Anyways, hopefully my garage stays warm enough (insulated, only added heat is my clothes dryer) so I can get the MTS cycled fast enough to have it done in a couple months.