Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Palm Springs, CA
What exactly do you mean by anaerobic respiration risk layer?
Is this going to be a plants only tank? With that much ammonia releasing fertilizers, it could take awhile to cycle. In my last tank, I used a very thin layer (barely covered the glass) of organic potting soil containing worm castings & bat guano. Even after 3 cycles of soaking & drying per Aaron Talbot's mineralization protocol, I had a huge amount of nutrient leaching, and huge algae blooms for over a month. I'm guessing during the cycle you'll have to do huge water changes frequently on top of planting heavily with lots of hungry stem & floating plants.
Interested to see how this substrate design works for you. Will you have MTS or other burrowing snails to aerate the substrate?