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Old 10-21-2010, 11:25 AM   #1
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urgent advice needed. Plants on the way...


Here is the issue. I purchased MTS from someone. I mixed it up and added to my 125 gallon. It looked like it was not enough. Measured depth and it was 1/4 inch. I assumed it was ok and capped it with 120 lbs of flourite and added water. Went online and saw it should be double that to 4 times that. GULP. To complicate things I have an order of plants on its way to arrive Tuesday maybe Monday. $200 on plants to be exactly.I also have family from out of town coming on the weekend to spend the night.

Seller said they can get more to me asap. I have a mess now. Should I ask for a refund? Is it feasible to remove the flourite from a 6 foot aquarium? I know I don't have enough buckets! Lol
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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No, just leave everything as is. Digging it out would be a horrible idea. Just plant the plants (they'll be fine) and figure out something else in the meantime.
If you're really paranoid, run out and get a big box of root ferts.
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:44 PM   #3
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A 1/4 inch of MTS should keep the tank going for years. Don't sweat it -- it isn't an exact science.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:36 PM   #4
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At worst you will want to dose the water per the EI method, which you probably should do anyway.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:29 PM   #5
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Person I bought the MTS from is sending more out tonight. They felt really bad and is trying to help. It should arrive on Saturday. They suggested I pull the MTS and flourite and rinse them thru a colander. Add the MTS they sent and add any of the original MTS to make up any that is needed. Does this make sense? Or should I see how the 1/4 works out.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:33 PM   #6
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You'll be fine, but its up to you.

Lot of work to separate the MTS and Fluorite and then do it all over again.
your tank is going to be torn down for a few days to complete the MTS process.
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:48 AM   #7
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Man you are all making this a tough decision!!! I was planning on pulling it all out but now I am not sure. I would love to not have to do break down the entire tank...
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:27 PM   #8
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another idea for you to consider. Maybe you can freeze the mts on a baking pan and the shove sheets of it into the substrate. you may have to have several/many sheets though. That way, you will have only a short "down time" and not have to tear up the whole tank. The plants can wait another day in a bucket of water. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:00 PM   #9
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Wow that is a creative thought!! But I dont have a freezer large enough. Just the standard fridge with a freezer above and it is full. Plus my wife would kill me!!
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:33 PM   #10
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that idea actually was from tom barr, used for osmocote ferts. Another idea would be to sandwich the mts mud between 2 piece of plywood, shove in under gravel, lift and slide the top plywood to allow gravel displacement on top of the mts and second plywood. Then gently press on the gravel and slide the second plywood out slowly. This will leave the mts at the bottom of gravel. I don't know how well that is going to work out through. Instead of plywood, maybe you can come out with something rigid with less roughness.
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:43 PM   #11
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Well usps man came with mail and no MTS. Plants are coming on Monday........soil?
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Well lets us know what you decided and how you do it.
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