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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-29-2011, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Is it just a bunch of sticks/mulch? Is that what we're supposed to use. I apologize. I'm sure this question has been asked before.

Edit: here is what it looked like, but I swear it had more wood in it. Maybe it was because it was at the top of the bag.


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I'm not sure what you are trying to ask.
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My bag looked like a bunch of mulch and sticks ig not much dirt. I'm not sure how to make that much clearer.


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Pretty clear to me Mine had some sticks, not what I would call alot though. The rest seems kind of like finely ground mulch maybe, but ground to the point of it being a dirt consistency. Only seemed like it was mulch because it more light and airy than soil. I haven't used it yet though. Dreading tearing everything apart to start over.


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That sounds about like mine, most of it seems to be dime-sized. I would say that 80% or so is wood-looking material. I've used dirt before, but screened it beforehand. This time I just threw it in. We'll see.

I put of re-doing this tank for a long time. It's pretty much a pain, not going to lie.


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Good luck. Hope it does well for ya


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That sounds about like mine, most of it seems to be dime-sized. I would say that 80% or so is wood-looking material. I've used dirt before, but screened it beforehand. This time I just threw it in. We'll see.

I put of re-doing this tank for a long time. It's pretty much a pain, not going to lie.
Yep that's what mine looked like too.

It's why you for sure need to use something to cap it, to hold it down.

You'll still get some floaters and net that out for a day or two, but after that I never see any floating any more.





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My bag looked like a bunch of mulch and sticks ig not much dirt. I'm not sure how to make that much clearer.
Well, that's not what you wrote in the OP.

But yeah it's not a processed potting soil so it's kind of raw, so-to-speak. Cap it off with some sand and you'll be fine.
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I might use this when I redo my 10 gallon, how thick of a cap should one use?
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I might use this when I redo my 10 gallon, how thick of a cap should one use?
soil should be 1" to 1 1/2" max and with sand as a cap I think 1/2" to 1" but not sure as I used Flourite original both times, at 1 1/2" thick on the cap and the second tank 1/2" sand and 1" Flourite.


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Kamikazi I can't say about the cap, but I've got about 3/4 of an inch of eco-complete on top. Hopefully that'll work out.

Thanks loop and laural for the input. I got a little nervous the next day and wondered if I had already messed up.

I wonder how long it takes for much to break down underwater.


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Here is a little fun something extra that apparently came with the dirt. YouTube video

The haze is eco-complete settling. Does this mean I need more cap?


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Hey- free fish food!

My tank was hazy for a few days- I think the MG triggers a bacteria bloom?

Haven't had any issues with cloudy water past the first few days, though.





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It worked great for me. I just took out the larger sticks. I laid down abount an inch (wet) and put about 2-3 inches of EC on top. I had a little bit of tanin leach into the water. After two water changes my water is crystal clear and all of my water perameters are well within check. Hopefully I'll be able to see the benefits of the MG once my larger palnts get some good root structure to that depth......Or is MG just good for keeping the pH lower then what it would be without it?

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I like MG... Well I liked it until the 1st time I pulled something out of my tank...
Now I'm not such a big fan of the Miracle Grow...

If you want to see what happens when you rescape look at the last post/pics on my Finnex Thread

If you disturb the cap at all you will get A LOT of floaty crap coming up.

It's a pain in the you know what to try and pick all of that junk out because it seems to find ways to squirt out of the net or out of your fingers..

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