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How to let built up O2 out of sand?

My substrate is organic topsoil topped with white silica sand.

I just pulled up my almost dead aponogeton to prune all the dead leaves from it and all I had were black roots. After I finished pulling it up lots of really big bubbles came out of the hole that my plant was in. I did research and found out that a buildup of O2 around the roots will cause them to decay.

So my question is how do I prevent this build up in the future? This has only been set up since February.


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Maybe some type of snail that burrows?
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I doubt that the bubbles you saw were oxygen. Instead, it may be hydrogen sulfide. Did the bubbles smell like rotten eggs?

It is possible that too thick of a substrate (and/or substrate compacting) will cause anaerobic conditions.

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Yes the bulbs and roots smelt like a sewer. My cap is about 1.5" where the plants were. Is there anything I can do to prevent this build up?


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You could try MTS, but then you run the risk of overpopulation of them, and then trying to control them with assassin snails. Or you could just try stirring up the substrate a lot...

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There is thread about this in Ac.com..

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You could try MTS, but then you run the risk of overpopulation of them, and then trying to control them with assassin snails. Or you could just try stirring up the substrate a lot...
I could see if I can find them at my LFS. My carpet is starting to finally fill in and it would be a shame to have to tear it up to release the gas, especially since leave in a month for summer. All of the fish are going back to the store and I am getting a small tank at home to keep the plants in.


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Thank you all for the help


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