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How do you stir up the gasses in your substrate?

Yesterday, I was adding some eco-complete to my substrate and I went to scoop out some of my existing substrate, I did get some bubbles that were released. In a planted tank, how do you stir the substrate so that these bubbles don't pose hazards to the fish?
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I keep my substrate 3" or under and have Malaysian trumpet snails in all my tanks.





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I keep my substrate 3" or under and have Malaysian trumpet snails in all my tanks.
MTS are a godsend. I always had issues with cyanobacteria time and time again with sand substrates until I reset it one day and added them...have had no bubbles or green slime ever since.
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I guess I need some MTS... except I have no clue where to get them =(
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Some people on here have a bunch and hate them, maybe you could make a post asking for unwanted MTS? :/

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I guess I need some MTS... except I have no clue where to get them =(
i got mine on plants i bought. you could also just poke the gravel with a stick when you do your weekly tank maintenance.

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Yes, stir it up with a chopstick.
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Trumpet Snails are the best at that, unfortunately they are also good at up-rooting plants that don't have a very good rooted system yet so don't dump too many in till your plants have gotten there feet buried deep enough. Especially HC!

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Trumpet Snails are the best at that, unfortunately they are also good at up-rooting plants that don't have a very good rooted system yet so don't dump too many in till your plants have gotten there feet buried deep enough. Especially HC!
Yeah, I think they're the reason my baby tears, Cabomba, and fresh water anacharis doesn't stay rooted. Do you know of a carpeting plant that they don't tear up?
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There really isn't any type of carpeting plant that wont succumb to these guys unless the plants were already established in the tank for a long time, long enough to get really good roots in.

Even then, when ever there is new growth from one of those deeply rooted plants there is a chance that the NEWER growth will be up rooted because the roots didn't establish well enough. It'll look like the good half is anchored in and the newer half is just trying pull away.

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That sucks. One of the main reasons I invested in pressurized co2 was so that I could have a carpet.
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You could use Staurogyne Repens for your carpet as they have pretty nice root systems for a carpet plant.... Much better than HC IMO


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Will the MTS still do the job in tanks with a soil under layer without too much worry of the soil getting mixed to the surface?
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Will the MTS still do the job in tanks with a soil under layer without too much worry of the soil getting mixed to the surface?
I am curious about this as well. I am about to break down my 75 gallon and put a layer of mineralized topsoil under the play sand, and was going to add malaysian trumpet snails to help keep the sand from compacting too much. Will they stir up the soil on the bottom and make it leech into the water column?
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