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02-09-2013 06:32 PM
shift Much better with the dark substrate!


02-08-2013 06:19 PM
shift 2 water changes today and its starting to finally clear up!

Ill prob wait until tomorrow to do the next one.

02-08-2013 04:04 PM
shift Can you do to many water changes in a day? I just did a 40% ish.. and was thinking of doing it a few more times through out the day to help clear up the water.. is there any possible ill effect of the fish/shrimp from doing so?
02-08-2013 03:26 PM
shift Nothing about 10 more water changes wont fix :P

I think the problem is.. i rinsed the MGOPM first rather then putting it in dry.. so there was a nice muddy water from the start. even after capping it.. which is still there.. i can see fish now.. but its like they are swimming in the muddy amazon.. poor fishes!
02-08-2013 02:55 PM
shift
Eco-complete - worth adding soil?

It probably 2.5 inch dirt to 1.5" Eco on top. 4-5" average layer
02-08-2013 02:36 PM
scapegoat my first planted tank was straight up soil with eco capping it. That tank exploded with growth (4 t5ho, co2, and PPS dosing)

I only hated moving things or replanting due to the puff of dirt that i'd get. but otherwise it was amazing. I havent seen that much growth in any other tank. I'm talking inches a day on some stems
02-08-2013 01:18 PM
wkndracer
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Is there any tricks to clearing the murky swamp water or is it just a mixture of the waiting game and an excessive number of water changes?
read more before you leap LOL never a horror story to date in house using soil base set ups.
how thick a soil layer did you use, how thick a capping layer?
02-08-2013 06:27 AM
shift Is there any tricks to clearing the murky swamp water or is it just a mixture of the waiting game and an excessive number of water changes?
02-08-2013 04:44 AM
shift Now that was a mess! hopefully the muddy lake that is my aquarium clears up by tomorrow. I think i went a little overboard on the substrate thickness.. but to late now!
02-07-2013 10:52 PM
shift Its decently planted. maybe ill grab a few more stems just to be safe




thanks
02-07-2013 10:47 PM
Yankee
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HOw much ammonia will it actually leach out? Will the plants handle it or is it best to soak it for a few days?
They'll handle it - just plant the heck out of the tank so it absorbs all of the other nutrients that are released initially otherwise you'll get some algae.
02-07-2013 10:40 PM
shift HOw much ammonia will it actually leach out? Will the plants handle it or is it best to soak it for a few days?
02-07-2013 09:03 PM
shift There is fish/shrimp in the tank.. I will temporarily remove them when i do the swap.

I guess I will give the MGOPM a few days in a bucket to save the sea creatures.

I ended up getting eco-complete
02-07-2013 09:00 PM
Yankee
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Should I pre soak the mgopm for a day or so first? I going to swap the substrate soon!! May go shopping today
Depends on if you're swapping the soil into a tank with fish. If you are, then soak it for a week as it releases ammonia for quite some time. If not then make sure to let it stand in the tank for a week and make sure the tank is cycled before adding fish.
02-07-2013 08:25 PM
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Yes - either cap your dirt with Eco complete or flourite (my favorite).
+1 for flourite...my favorite as well.

I recently tried Eco complete and I absolutely can't stand it! Pumped up my pH way too high plus the size of the substrate is way to big & course for my liking.
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