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too much substrate?

is there such a thing as too much substrate? i picked up some scott top soill mixed it with some cactus soil and capped it off with some sand. i have about 6 inches total at the bottom.
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6 inches is quite a bit. With deeper substrates, you are risking that it will become anaerobic unless it is sufficiently aerated (i.e. you have plants and/or MTS).

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i think that is a little much, try to cut down to 3-4.

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Agree with both of the above posts.
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I'd definitely pull some out. After losing a LOT of fish out of my 90gal a few years back due to what I believe was stirring up an anaerobic spot just from pushing my tank from one room into another, I'm now very cautious to avoid deep substrates.

Also, do you know the content of all those soils you used? Are you sure they don't contain lots of additives/ferts?





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looks like it has nitrogen potash and potassium and phosphate in it O.o
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Definitely reduce it to 3 inches or even 2.5


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looks like it has nitrogen potash and potassium and phosphate in it O.o
Hm... I have a feeling you'll run a really high risk of algae if you just remove the sand cap and/or get the layers all mixed.

At this point, I'd honestly pull everything out and start over. If you layer, I'd go with maybe 1/2" at most with each of the bottom layers, and then a good 2" of sand on top to try and keep those ferts well out of the water column.

Or you might consider mineralizing it first?





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yea my water is super clouded the stuff was cheap so i might aswell start over thanks for the help guys
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unfourtunatly im unable to shell out another 30 bucks for the sand and dirt i might try to mineralize it when i get some dough. For now ill just wing it and ill let ya know if i become over run with algae. this will be a "what not to do" type of thing
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