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Potting Mix, Gravel Cap in a Small Pot

Looking for some advice about putting a small pot with an inch of old MGPM and 1/2 inch gravel cap in the tank (10g) to plant a couple of Pygmy Chain Swords that aren't doing so well. Sort of sticking my toe in the water before I dive into the full dirt substrate.

I will have to get some stem plants to take up the ammonia that is leached from the MGPM. I will sink the pot into the substrate. I think I will use two of the same pot one inside the other to cover the holes in the bottom.

Should I use a clay pot rather than plastic? Will the ammonia be bad?

The most basic thing I need to know is if this is a bad idea or ok.

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MY TANK: Planted 10g; 2 x 10W CFL; Fluval U2 internal filter; MGOCPM/black sand cap

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It's a perfect idea. Most of the plants in my emersed setup are in clay pots. I bought the clay orchid pots from HD. Fifty nine or seventy nine cents each. I also bought a ton of the smaller clay pots. Put in top soil and added a cap. I use gravel sometimes and sand other times. Depends on what I have right on hand. I've also used the plastic net pots. They work fine. I've got only a couple in the plastic pots. Don't care for those.
As an example. I needed to put in some plants into a 55 I had to change over. Just grabbed a planted pot and put it right in. Instant aquascape.

I've never used MGOPM. Always plain old top soil from the BB stores.

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I've set up two tanks with MGOCPM, and I didn't notice any ammonia leaching from it.

I was doing a fishless cycle immediately after set up, so if it was leaching, it was a tiny amount and just blended in with the cycle.

I've heard the actual composition can vary somewhat from area to area, so maybe it's an issue with some batches and not others?

I think clay would probably be better then plastic, but I'm not sure why. If nothing else, you can get algae to grow on it, and attach moss to it.
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I've been doing that for some time with great results. I take clear 5" round deli containers, heat a nail with a torch and melt a ring of holes around the bottom on the side for some circulation. The roots eventually spread out the holes. I've had an Amazon sword that would never grow in plain gravel (I understand there heavy feeders). I planted it in a pot with soil (Miracle Grow organic) and now it's huge.
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I've been doing that for some time with great results. I take clear 5" round deli containers, heat a nail with a torch and melt a ring of holes around the bottom on the side for some circulation. The roots eventually spread out the holes. I've had an Amazon sword that would never grow in plain gravel (I understand there heavy feeders). I planted it in a pot with soil (Miracle Grow organic) and now it's huge.
Thanks for the reply. I have some of those deli cups. The only problem now is that I just got a load of plants and I don't have any room for a deli cup. Surprised the MGOCPM didn't come out the holes. Glad you're having good luck. I'm switching to MGOCPM very shortly.
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