Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: havre de grace, MD
If you're interested, I just put some MTS in my tank today, and I'll let you know how the fish and plants fare. Instead of clay, I let steel wool sit in a tupperware full of water for a week (for the iron) Instead of drying, wetting, drying, etc. of the topsoil, I boiled it for 15 minutes (got this info from Tom Barr) it mineralizes the topsoil, just uses heat instead of bacteria. I used nosalt instead of potash, and I used some "pure calcium" reptile sand, which I've heard is bad for reptiles, but I'm not using it for the intended purpose.
Thus far, fish are all still acting normal, 12 hours later... I'll give an update in a few days.