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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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to MTS or not to MTS

ok guys, hoping to get your opinions on this one. at the moment i have a 65g tank, med to densely planted tank. mostly swords, crypts, red ludwiga and some stems. as a substrate i am using richgro aquatic potting mix. this is made from fossilised sea sponges so it has a huge CEC potential, added root tabs, capped with black beauty. i have to move house again so i thought it might be time try mineralised top soil.

what i was thinking of was using the MTS as a bace layer, cover that with the richgro, then cap with the black beauty. i am using pressurised CO2 and have a DIY led fixture over the tank and 2 X 400gallon/ph canister filters
the plants are growing really well at the moment so the question is-
is this a bit of overkill or is this going to help me in the long run, save me having to dose weekly with ferts, make the tank flourish even more?
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it all sounds good.

I have MTS in my 125g capped with flourite. My only complaint is that when you plant something or move a plant a little cloud of MTS puffs up. Other than that i really dont know its down there.

My only regret is that i wish i would have made my cap layer thicker. I have about 1.5 inches at its shallowest and about 2.5 at its deepest. I would like to have it about another inch across the board.

My next tank with be either Eco or Power sand.


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richgro is very similar to eco complete and flourite but it is inert. i am using it in my tank now, for a week before hand i soaked it in seachem flourish and the plants really took off. should be a thick enough layer with the mts on the bottom, 2" of richgro and then 1" of black quartz.
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