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planning the substrate!

so i'm going with a low tech tank following http://www.malloftheworld.com/aquarium/part1.htm

i was wondering if anyone had any experience with his kitty litter mixed with some osmocote topped with sandblasting sand set up.

the crappy thing about his site is that there are NO pictures of successful tanks using his set up. so following this guide is really "hearsay". But i like the simplicity of it.

so i'm planning on this 45 gallon w/ a single 96w AHS PC bulb w/ marineland 250 micron filter and heavy planting.

what are the cons of osmocote? i read on here someone having an ammonia spike when some of it hit the water column.

I also plan on dosing excel from the very beginning prior to fauna introduction to speed up plant growth, with the osmocote in the substrate will i need additional ferts?

all in all for light i will have the 96w PC plus a 21w aquaglo.

this is pretty long winded and probably paramount to a "general question" at this point haha.
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Osmocote has ammonium as part of the ingredient to make the nitrates...

Have you looked into Mineralized top soil?

A friend of mine tried the kitty litter and ended up not liking it at all. Because it was too light and clouded the water as soon as he pulled plants...


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