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Old 01-30-2004, 06:53 PM   #1
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So I've started up another soil tank as an experiment. Its a nano, 7.5 gallons. I've had the soil curing in this tank for 3 months with nothing in it accept for water, and dead plant cuttings an snails. This soil is now extremely rich with snail feces, mulm, tec.

I stirred it all up last night to see if I had any nasty gas pockets anywhere and was quite surprised to find that it was clean... the soil was pretty settled, but the fine gravel I had mixed in (1/16th to 1/8th of an inch in size) kept it from compacting too badly.

I've decided to not cap the soil with gravel or sand this time around. I want to have a muddy bottom and create a realistic swampy look. The only hazard here is that the tank will take quite a while for the silt to settle after yesterdays manic stirring.. lol

I'm going to try and syphon off the finest silt after it settles a bit.

I've planted 6 baby crypts, 4 baby amazon swords, some Dwarf Sag, and a couple of other smaller plants I collected locally. When the mud settles I'll take some pics.
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I think the success or failure of the soil all depends on the soil used and its organic contents. My experiment failed miserably but it was some highly potent pond bottom I used.
If I were ever to do it again I would put maybe an inch at the most on the bottom and cover it well. Although the plants grew like crazy there was some bad goins on in the soil when I had to break down the tank.
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Old 02-01-2004, 02:59 PM   #3
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I have had reasonable success using a 2" layer of pond lily soil under a 1" layer of playpit sand in nano tanks, they were mainly growing hairgrass but out of one of these I have just removed enough hairgrass to plant the foreground of a 4' tank.
it'll be interesting to see how you experiment goes
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Old 02-02-2004, 04:12 PM   #4
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Hope it goes well, you can get great results from a soil substrate.
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