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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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mulm on substrate problem

i have grown plenty of my pearlweeds by replanting the cuttings. few months ago, it was easy for me to just plant it directly to the sand using my forceps. after a long period of time the mulm built on top of the sand. i was advised that it is alright not to remove those because plants will benefit from it as source of food. when i do replanting now, the sand appears soft and loose, and doesn't promote grip on plants. i even tried putting new sand on top of the mulm. the result was the new plants will float and older plants got loosen from the soil and uprooted by water movements and by snail and fishes eventually. the replanting part becomes frustrating because of this. i also placed the snail in a separate tank for the meantime so they won't disturb the plants. what would you recommend me and others with this kind of problem?
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I have MTS and cherry shrimp thay take care of the problem nicely, watch out with the MTS they can breed out of control, however they are easily vaccumed out with a water change.
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Vacuum the mulm. You do not need to leave it in the tank.
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