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I have been keeping planted aquariums for over 40 years now. For the last twenty I have been using the forest soil around my home town Ranchi, in the province of Jharkhand, of India.
The soil is lateritic, with a ph 5.25, poor in phosphate, very fine textured when you get rid of the lateritic nodules.
Before introducing it to my aquarium, I pulverise it, screen it and mix it with the common farm fertiliser 'single super phosphate'. This fertiliser is about 1/3 calcium phosphate and 2/3 calcium sulphate. I also mix my special micro nutrient mix which I make up with the lab-reagents I keep.
I lay down the dry soil at the bottom of the aquarium, pat it down firmly to settle it, cover the entire soil with a nylon mosquito net, then cover the entire with sand.
My plants do well.
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Have you had any plants, such as sword plants or crypts, send roots through the netting? Then when you try to pull them out - oops! I suppose the best policy would be to cut off such plants and not pull out the roots?

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Vals and stems are no problem uprooting. Crypts, amazons have to be root trimmed at the net level, for removal or relocation. I think that it is less of a problem than digging fishes clouding the water.
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Vals and stems are no problem uprooting. Crypts, amazons have to be root trimmed at the net level, for removal or relocation. I think that it is less of a problem than digging fishes clouding the water.
I agree that digging fish would be a bigger problem and a lot harder to solve. Once you know what you need to do to move plants around, it isn't a problem, just a procedure you follow. I asked because others have said that screen or an under gravel filter under the substrate has been a problem for them.

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