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mixing these two?

Hey guys, NEver started a planted tank and just doing some reasearch before I start one. I was looking at substrates and I was wondering if its ok if I mix Shultz aqua soil with Seachems Flourite as the substrate? Or should I start with a layer of the aqua soil, then a layer of peat to hold it down, then a small layer of flourite? Im basically looking for a good substrate to grow healthy glossostigma
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I would go with the layering idea. Yes, you could mix the two, but It won't look that good in my opinion.
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I mixed a flourite with a carribsea and then layered regular gravel on top

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I think ill go with the layering idea thanks. Do you guys know of any ferts or doses that would be good ot use? Remember im trying to grow really healthy glossostigma
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Osmocote plus put it between your layers and it will feed the roots.

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this one?
http://www.amazon.com/Scotts-Osmocot...4530761&sr=8-1
and will it tell me how much i should add, or how much should I add?
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thats the one, just sprinkle a thin layer between the layers of your substrate. later on you can freeze the osmocote pellets in ice cube trays (with water) to make spikes. this works great for me.

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later on you can freeze the osmocote pellets in ice cube trays (with water) to make spikes.
What does that mean? spikes?
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I sure wish products offered like that would let you see the label. Last time I bought a plant fertilizer like that it contained a whole bunch of ammonium compounds... likely a lethal amount for fish if used at the recommended dose rate.
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What does that mean? spikes?
I mean like a fertilizer spike. you freeze little cubes of fert and water and shove them down into the substrate near a plant to root feed once the ones you put in between the layers are all used up. freezing them makes the job easier, you can also put them in gell caps but thats a huge pain.

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If you want to grow really healthy plants, use CO2, preferably pressurized, so you can adjust the bubble rate and hold it the same every day. With good CO2, you can grow really healthy plants with low to low medium light.

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ill have some Co2, all the componets, but I just need to go somewhere and buy the tank but I dont know where to get one. And ill have two T5 lights whatever that means haha, still learning. and I dont know how tall ill have it above my tank. My tank will be a 36 inch X 1.5ft X 1.5 ft
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