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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-23-2013, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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question about mudded substrate

So ive been reading up and it seems like doing a mudded tank is something I would be interested in, but I have one concern. From what I understand you use this miracle grow organic something rather, and then a cap. My concern/question is, how do you plant and uproot/plant again (redoing the tank or whatnot) without mixing up the cap and the dirt. How do you keep it from creating a big mucky mess?
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If you plan to re-arrange a lot skip the dirt tank. It can be done though, just very carefully, pull the plant a little trim the roots and leave most of them in the dirt.
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You can slowly pull out stems from the subtrate without causing too much of a mess. You might end up pulling out some of the wood chips and sticks if you didn't sift them out initially. I usually siphon out whatever dirt ends up above the cap. It also helps to have some spare capping substrate to retouch the dirt cap if things get too messy.

Pulling out plants with massive root systems (swords, crypts, dwarf lotus, etc) will most likely pull up the entire substrate with it. You can try cutting the roots around the plant before attempting to slowly remove it from the tank.

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