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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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another soilmaster question

is it okay to put soilmaster over top of my existing pea gravel? have some geophagus eartheaters,horse face loach, and cories who just love to stir things up for me and are actually working the SM into the pea gravel quite nicely...wanted to remove old pea gravel but seemed like alot of work...

also does SM do anything to the water chemistry with its clay base ?
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Nothing really wrong with mixing substrates, but keep in mind that the smaller grain sized of the 2 will end up at the bottom eventually.

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I personally dislike the look of mixed substrate but that's me.

The SMS will prob end up below the gravel, anyway.

IME, SMS has decreased overall KH of the tanks.
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I think this will be an interesting experiment. Usually the smaller grain substrate ends up on the bottom. However, though smaller than pea gravel in grain size, SMS is lighter in weight. I'm wondering if this will make any difference in the end result? I'm hoping you can report back in 4 or 5 months?
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I keep horseface loaches as well. They will eventually stir things upside down. SMS has high CEC so it will be better than plain old gravel if you are ok with the mixed looks.
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yes so far i enjoy the look very much....the loach and other inhabitants are doing a fine job and i will try to stay posting and updating as things go along...thanks for the advice
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