So would Foxfarm soil be better than Black Gold? Why not use soil with fertilizer? We end up having to put in fertilizer root tabs anyway.
On the other hand, that link made me think, for the long term, sounds like one would just want some sort of porous inert media, along with root fertilization tabs (porous so it can house bacteria, and inert so it wont break down and become too compacted). Is that what you all would think is ideal? Seems weird though, for us to try to imitate nature, but not use actual soil? Anyhow, seems to me that Eco-Complete and Seachem Flourite are both porous and wont break down, so I'm now considering not using any soil, but yeah, it just seems really weird to me.
One thing about the info in the link, it says that organic material provides great surface area and I can't seem to agree, especially when you consider how the organic material will break down and become too compacted, while the use of porous substrate would actually provide more surface area. The link does say that the organic material can become too "liable". Anyhow, I'm rather curious as to what other biological processes there are in the aquarium (besides the nitrogen cycles), as the link alludes to. I do know about denitrification, which requires anaerobic bacteria as opposed to aerobic bacteria, so maybe things getting too compacted could be a good thing? huh?
Last edited by MarkFleener; 08-23-2019 at 02:57 AM.