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Question MGOPS and Pool Filter Sand

I am looking at re-doing my tank which currently has regular aquarium gravel. I started out with that and fake plants a month ago and since I came across this forum I have decided it needs to get planted!

I brought this up in another forum but maybe this is a better spot. I am planning to take my 7 little fish out, put them in a container with aquarium water and redo the scape of the tank.

I was planning to use MGOPS and a cap of pool filter sand (I think). Somebody mentioned that when I do this I won't be able to add the fish back immediately because of the MGOPS giving off ammonia or something.

Has anyone had any experience with this? How long would I have to wait to put the fish back into the tank?

PS: the only parts I will be changing are the substrate and plants (fake to real)....the filter, the biomax etc I have in the back of the tank (its an equeon evolve 8 tank) are staying in the tank
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MGOPS contains livestock manure so that causes ammonia problems big time for a week or two.

Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix is my choice for bagged dirt.

1.5 to 2" placed in the tank dry, press the palm of your hand down with firm pressure and measure.
1 to 1.5" of capping material. I try for 3" total depth.
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+1 on what wkndracer said. Lowes has a knock off brand that has the poultry byproducts just like the MGOCPM for half the price $6 something compared to $13 something. For a cap I went with quickrete premiun play sand, all ready screened and rinsed for $ 3 something a bag. I should have got another bag to top off with, a few thin spots of cap where the soil is turning the sand dark. Once I got my co2 dialed up high enough for my light things are really taking off.
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So there is a difference between the potting soil and the potting mix?!

MGOPS vs MGOPM

I just looked and I have the potting mix....I assumed (and still do) that the soil and mix would be interchangeable!?!?
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So there is a difference between the potting soil and the potting mix?!

MGOPS vs MGOPM

I just looked and I have the potting mix....I assumed (and still do) that the soil and mix would be interchangeable!?!?

Yes there is a difference between the two. I would avoid the SOIL and opt for the MIX. The chicken manure in the SOIL will play hell on your parameters and I have noticed there is a significant increase in trapped gas pockets when using the SOIL.

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The mix is the one with chicken, the soil has the livestock manure. Snuffy317
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In any case, there will be an ammonia spike for a period of time because of the animal manure in the bag?
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In any case, there will be an ammonia spike for a period of time because of the animal manure in the bag?

Snuffy is correct. The MIX is the one with the chicken manure but it is still the one you want to use.

There will be an ammonia spike as with any new new setup but that is what cycling is for. Once your ammonia numbers come down you should be good to add fauna.

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Thanks for the info!

I will just transfer my fish to another tank and hope they are ok in there while I make these changes.
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