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05-31-2011 05:24 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by extrame View Post
The person in the gardening shop told me that it was just made from soil and rice husk. Wouldn't the decaying rice husk be a problem in the long run?
You should start a thread, for this is considered hijacking.

I found you have a thread but none have responded. Excuse all for the hijacking. I shall go to his thread.

I use reptile coconut bark as bottom layer. For read at Tom Barr Report that mulch adds Co2 to the substrate. With it in substrate only have to dose only 5ml of Excel daily to 29G tank.
05-31-2011 09:13 AM
extrame Thanks for the quick reply Hilde!

Nope, correction, the person in the gardening shop told me that it was just made from soil and rice husk. is that any good? wouldn't the decaying rice husk be a problem in the long run?

there was also another type of potting soil they were selling, it was a mix of soil, crushed rice husk and vermicas, would that be better for aquatic plants or just plain top soil is best?

is it ok to put bleach in the soil/substrate to clean out algae before cycling tank?

sorry for all the questions, im new to the natural planted aquarium so i wanted to do it right from the start
05-31-2011 05:47 AM
Hilde
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Can i use mixed soil for my 1st layer then cap of with pea gravel? the mix soil is a combination of soil and dried leaves and tree bark.
It is possible to use pea gravel if it is small enough to keep the dirt down. To a trial in a bucket or tupper ware item. If it doesn't hold the dirt down you can put a fingers width of sand over it and then add the pea gravel. Some nursery's or landscapers will allow you to take a little for a small aquarium. Just need to bring a bucket.

If the mixed soil doesn't have bark from sap trees you can use it. May affect your ph.
05-31-2011 04:44 AM
extrame been reading this thread for past few days. im very interested in how you have set up your tank. i hope i could set up mine like yours.

question about substrate, can i use mixed soil for my 1st layer then cap of with pea gravel?
the mix soil is a combination of soil and dried leaves and tree bark.

tanks in advance
05-30-2011 05:17 AM
Cardinal Tetra Is this tank still around?
11-15-2010 05:22 AM
legomaniac89 Thanks everyone!

I really need to update this thing. The tank's not much different than the last pics, except the C. usteriana in the back in getting seriously massive. I'll try to post some pics sometime soon here.
11-12-2010 03:03 PM
Matty Great thread looking to redo my 10g low tech. convinced!
08-19-2010 06:03 PM
blackace22 Awsome tank ! love the catfish
08-19-2010 03:55 PM
Lil' Swimz$ The gourami cute. I have one too, with my shrimp, and I need to get him outta there, he likes to pick around.

I like the moonlights! Beautiful tank, good work.
08-19-2010 01:49 PM
Hilde I remember someone posted a thread on diy moonlight. Was it you? If so would you post a link to it, please.
08-04-2010 10:53 PM
legomaniac89
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Your tank looks great. Hope my tank can get to this one day.

I have a 32H? Its about 26" tall so your tank gives me hope.
You have 50w total of T5 above your tank?
Thanks! I have 2 18W bulbs over this guy. It's just the standard Coralife T5NO fixture.
08-01-2010 05:30 AM
CaseyC Your tank looks great. Hope my tank can get to this one day.

I have a 32H? Its about 26" tall so your tank gives me hope.
You have 50w total of T5 above your tank?
07-01-2010 04:07 AM
legomaniac89 This guy's still chugging along. I did a massive Rotala trim on this guy earlier and pulled a solid 3/4 gallon of plants from this tank. I also moved all the fish from my 20 long into this scape (numerous Ember Tetras, an Ancistrus, and a couple Nerites).

The tank looks pretty empty at the moment since I tore out half the plants, so no pics yet. I'll try to get those in a week or so.
04-06-2010 03:41 AM
legomaniac89 Thanks everyone!

Yay moonlights

03-12-2010 05:43 PM
antere07 your tank looks immense
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