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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-10-2012, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Different types of substrate in pots?

I was thinking about experimenting with various substrates, and instead of doing a tank for each one I thought I should just put some of each in clay pots with the same plant (as a control) put them all in one tank and see what happens, could this cause any problems for me? I was thinking about doing this with the following substrates:

Flourite
Eco-Complete Black
Eco-Complete Red
Miracle Grow organic choice capped with gravel
And possibly some aquasoil if I could get my hands on it
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dont do the miracle gro unless its gonna be pretty shallow.. i tried this with foldgers coffee containers the plastic ones and big, filled them with miracle grow and capped with around 3 inches of black diamond, slowly let the water in them got out as many bubbles of trappe air that i could get out, 4 days later they all floated ot the top and all the dirt came out. just a warning..
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Sounds like a good way to test some substrates. Will you be adding any fertilizer tablets to the pots? Osmocote?

All in one tank... any water column dosing?
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All in one tank, and I don't think I'll do any dosing, just to compare how they all fare with bare bones. Just the substrate and light, see what happens. I was thinking about doing this in a spare 20L I have with 2 T5's
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plants will clearly do better in the rich soils if they are root feeders, which all of my plants are, but i use sand and osmocote and lots of poo. it comes down to preference of user based on ease of use and cleaning, which is why i do sand, I dont need to clean my substrate or worry about dead plants or stunted growth, mine are all happy. I would test the aquasoil versus the Miracle grow though


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