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Old 11-18-2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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A catchie must read title.


Need your opinions. Been reviving my 70g.
The time is coming near to starting up the tank. I resealed it and it is not leaking. Who-Ra.. Me!

This what I'm thinking of for the substrate. Mix together a bag of topsoil and Saf-t-sorb about an inch or two deep. Covered with some sand and Gravel.
I want it care free, or as close to that as possible.
A nice variety of plants. not totally sure which ones... yet.
And a community tank. Nothing larger than angels.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:29 PM   #2
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:03 PM   #3
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Wow, no comments. I know I'm a newb. Just please don't take this the wrong way.

either it's a good idea
or
It's soo horrible wrong.... no one wants to even bother.

Either way I know I need to read a lot more. But, all the threads, comments and opinions are a bit confusing and daunting to glean information. I want to make an educated decision to have a low(ish) maintenance planted tank.

So any help is humbly appreciated.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:39 PM   #4
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You didn't ask a question or say what you want an opinion on.

Are you looking for opinions on your substrate idea? If so, mixing topsoil with Safe T Sorb won't accomplish anything. You can cap topsoil with whatever you'd like - sand, gravel, Safe T Sorb. But there's no real advantage to mixing them.

If you want something that is carefree and requires less maintenance as someone new to planted tanks? You probably should consider something less messy than soil. Maybe ADA Aquasoil or just Safe T Sorb with root tabs.

If you're new and aren't an experienced aquascaper, the likelihood of you wanting to rescape the tank and rearrange plants will be high. Tough to do that with topsoil without causing problems.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #5
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Without getting too picky your selection of substrate will depend on what plants/fish you'll be keeping. I would recommend using a cap 2.25X-2.5x thicker than potting mixture and carefully select bottom feeders. Nerites and trumpet snails are always on my list for algea & substrate maintenance. It will be a good idea to not have this tank for fish breeding (snail multiply and eat eggs)

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Old 11-24-2012, 08:09 PM   #6
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Everything somewhatshocked said, I second.

Provide us with questions and we will provide the answers. It's hard to know what to tell you when your original post is "I want to mix these substrates to have the lowest maintenance tank possible, also not sure what plants or fish I want."

That's hard to decipher or work with man, help us help you. Do you have specific questions, or are you looking for suggestions?
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