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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-22-2012, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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mineralized topsiol for softwater tank?

i am excited to try the mts substrate method, but have one question that i have not found an answer to in all the threads i've been reading.

i noticed that for the diana walstad method, the Gh and Kh of a tank need to be in the middle range for success.

i am working on tanks for killifish, which want to be in really soft water. does soft water ( Kh 2, Gh 3-4) in any way impact the efficacy or safety of using MTS substrate.
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The reason for the mid range readings recommended on the Walstad method is due to the organic content of the soil and submerged decay proccess. As bacteria break it down acids and tannins can reduce the KH buffering pH.

The Organic content should already be broken down following the MTS method before tanking the dirt.


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thanks for that, wkndracer.

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