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sour smelling soil, emersed growth

I have some crypts growing emersed with potting soil soak in water till you have a boggy condition, been growing for a week.

for some reason a sourish odor coming out of the soil... its almost like the soil is fermenting!

im also using a DIY c02 to pump c02 inside the tank, the tank is also covered with saran wraps with some ventilation holes.

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you can see the new growth as well as the old dead leaves haha..




here it is outside, it gets about 2-3 hours of direct sunlight.

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Sour smells are not good. Suggests poor oxygen levels. Remove most of the water so it is not boggy. Damp soil, but still has air space is probably better.
I would not pump additional CO2 into the air of the emersed set up. There is already plenty of CO2 in the air.
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whats actually happening? are the soil fermenting?

remove water and added some sand, some i add some per lite to keep it nice and airy?
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Your soil is going anaerobic, do as Diana suggested to bring it back into an aerobic state.

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whats actually happening? are the soil fermenting?

remove water and added some sand, some i add some per lite to keep it nice and airy?
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run a hydroponic/Heavily aerated medium (something like basalt/volcanic rock) and just keep it aerated.
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well the smell seen to start going away, checked some of them and they are starting to root. I use sand and Potting soil cause its what they have in their natural habitat.

my only concern is the anaerobic of my soil...but i really dont want to change it out again, hopefully it will get better on its own.
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Drop the water emmersion and make sure you grow plants the LOVE wet soil... they usually form very beneficial fungal and bacterial relationships that allow them to take advantage of the conditions and share nutrients with the symbiont instead of the fungi attacking the roots for food... As is what happened to the petunias and zucchinis I had growing in my external wet/dry filter... Too much water was allowed to soak through the soil and not enough aeration...

Even though the soil was a 20/30/50 mix of peat moss based indoor pot pant soil/Vermiculite and pearlite!
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looks like its growing great now, i remove most of the water and added some sand.

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