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Should I put soil underneath Flourite?

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I bought a bag of Seachem Flourite Black. Since one bag is not enough, should I add soil to the bottom and cap it with the Flourite? I can get UNS Extra Fine Soil locally. Looks more like pellets than soil but read good reviews on it. This will be my first planted tank so I don’t want it too complicated plus it is low tech. Aqua soils are too expensive and I am trying to avoid pH issues down the road.

What do you suggest? Just get another bag of Flourite Black? I will be trying Monte Carlo for carpet and other low tech plants. I am shooting for 2.5-3” substrate. Height from substrate to lights should be around 12-14” depending on which light I get, most likely the Chihiros WRGB, maybe the Twinstar S.

I have purchased the flourish exel, comprehensive and small bottle of flourish advanced.

Should I add the osmocote or avoid using it? Adding it first before topping with the flourite or other soil like UNS?
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I do enjoy dirt tanks or tanks with soil capped in another substrate. Anything organic is the way to go and just pull out the chunks of wood, if any. I like O+ but it takes a long time to dissolve. I have stuffed it in the bottom of a tank and covered it in sand only to find it a year later. Your mileage may vary. As your first tank, I think soil would make growth a little easier. It may seem scary, but there is nothing to it. I wouldn't go overboard with ferts and liquid CO2 at the beginning. Do dosing based on plant growth needs.


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I do enjoy dirt tanks or tanks with soil capped in another substrate. Anything organic is the way to go and just pull out the chunks of wood, if any. I like O+ but it takes a long time to dissolve. I have stuffed it in the bottom of a tank and covered it in sand only to find it a year later. Your mileage may vary. As your first tank, I think soil would make growth a little easier. It may seem scary, but there is nothing to it. I wouldn't go overboard with ferts and liquid CO2 at the beginning. Do dosing based on plant growth needs.
I will use the UNS Control Soil Extra fine over the Seachem Flourite. I figure the inert flourite will keep the shape of the substrate since it does not break down.

So after months, years, what happens to this soil? Does it just become a powdering mess and dirty the tank? Plants start floating around?

So for most part, planted tank owners expect to redo the entire tank once so breaks down?

When carpeted plants grow too large/too long, do you keep the plant clippings in the tank for more nutrients or do you remove it?
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If it were me, I'd stick to just Flourite. Years down the road and many tank conversions and much maintenance later and you'll see why. My $ 0.02.

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