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schultz aquatic soil over existing gravel?

im starting up a 29 gallon tank...the tank was used previously with fish only...i have alot of mulm in the gravel as well as snails....i was wondering if i can still have an established plant tank with the old gravel on the bottom of the tank and if i just add the schultz aquatic soil on top of that...and does the schultz aquatic soil have to be rinsed?...cuz it is very small grained...would i just be covering the essential bacteria in my tank already by adding the new substrate on top?....any advice would help...thanks...
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It should be rinsed and would do better if it was under the old gravel.
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but i really like the look of the schultz...and i dont want to jeopardize wut i already established - bacteria wise - ... does the bigger diameter gravel really need to be on the top of the shultz?...is it because the shultz would gradually sift back down towards the bottom if it was on top?...another option i was thinking about was to put some shultz on the bottom in the back half of the tank and then the gravel on top and hopefully all the stem plants would just cover it up...and then to just leave all the front half with shultz...any more suggestions?...thanks...
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bump....anyone?
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You could maintain the bacteria culture by removing the old gravel, but leaving in the dirty mulm that would remain behind after you sift out the gravel. Then you could add a small handful or a sifting of peat to that mulm and put the Shultz stuff on top. You would lose the snails unless you made the effort to find them in the gravel and save them or a significant number of them. Shultz aquatic soil is pretty light stuff, so it actually might stay on top of old gravel even if you left it in there. But, in either case you would not lose the bacteria.

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and does the schultz aquatic soil have to be rinsed?...
Rinse the heck out of it.... this stuff will cloud up your water bad...I did not do a rinse when I bought some 6 years ago and took 1 week and 10 water changes later before my tank was clear again, also left film all over the plants and sides of tank.
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I rinsed some hardcore. 40# takes a long time to rinse but I did my best it tooks a few hours I think but the dust in it is really fine dust and is the good part is it would be released every time you uprooted a plant.

If it doesn't look bad with the other rocks you have go for it. It wouldn't hurt to soak it in water for a week ahead of time. It traps a lot of air and that makes it even lighter than it is. I have it on top of regular gravel, underneath it and stand alone. I don't think you can lose pond snails.
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