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miracle grow no cap?

I am new to planted tanks and was wondering if I could use the organic miracle grow without a cap in a plant only tank. would be a 20gal long with a hang off back filter. the tanks sole purpose would be to grow plants to feed my turtles. would you recomend c02 setup as well, or no?

why do people usualy use a cap over miracle grow anyway?
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To keep the plants down.

Wouldn't it be easier/more cost effective to grow nonsubmerged plants? I don't know much about what turtles eat, but surely they eat some emmersed/terrestrial plants?
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The reason, is that unless you pick out every single little piece of wood, it'll go floating everywhere. And if you have any fish that even touches the dirt, it'll become a huge dust cloud... I highly recommend using a cap even if its just 1/2 and inch.

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Agree with Ben. You will spent a lot of time picking up floater if you don't cap it. Plus, even i caped with eco complete, the 2 chinease alge eaters still stir up a cloud of dust when it try to hide.

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well I was going to grow floating plants as well as submerged plants.

duckweed, water hyacinth and miniture lilies were my choice of floating plants.

anacharis, micro sword, and hornwort round up my aquatic plant list for now.

some some of these plants are turtle food some serve other purposes.

I also hav a 29gal I want to plant to guive it a zen feeling.
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it's probably going to be messy all the time. water flow from the filter is going to disturb the soil, if you put your hands in the water anywhere near the soil, it'll get disturbed.

if you can't bother with spending $4-6 for a bag of sand then you're not going to want to deal with the constant mess either


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Well, if you sift the crap out of it like I did, ruining your wife's vegetable strainer in the process, you will not have any floaters. I can assure you of that.. I would still go with the sand cap though for the other reasons mentioned above.

PS buy a separate strainer else suffer the consequences.
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Well, if you sift the crap out of it like I did, ruining your wife's vegetable strainer in the process, you will not have any floaters. I can assure you of that.. you will have a fine soil that looks the consistency of ground coffee that smells really nice. I would still go with the sand cap though for the other reasons mentioned above.

PS buy a separate strainer for your sifting else suffer the consequences.
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