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Seeding Inert Substrate

I am going to be starting a new tank with about 3.5 to 4 inches of ColorQuartz but wondered if I should add a layer of topsoil or other nutrients underneath the sand? What about soaking some topsoil with some fertilizer or sprinkling some dry fertilizer?

I would really like to to have something there to start off the tank well and maybe even add some filter mulm from another tank. Thoughts on this? Thanks.
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Mulm is a good plan. Add some nutrients plus N-bacteria.

A fine dusting of peat mixed in mulm is a better idea. Lower the pH, plus vitamins for the plants, plus the mulm...

A 50/50 mix of Colorquartz and something like Eco or Fluorite plus the peat and mulm as an underlayer is absolutely brilliant!

(this is what I'm about to do in my tank, so take it all with a grain of salt )

I don't know about the soaking topsoil in fertilizer; I think that's asking for an algae bloom.





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A 50/50 mix of Colorquartz and something like Eco or Fluorite plus the peat and mulm as an underlayer is absolutely brilliant!
I think you are right, but I do not have the money for the Eco or Fluorite so I am thinking of using something else like the top soil or something different. I would be open to any additional suggestions. When do you think you will be setting up your tank?
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mulm and peat on bottom, whatever else on top. works for me.
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I think you are right, but I do not have the money for the Eco or Fluorite so I am thinking of using something else like the top soil or something different. I would be open to any additional suggestions. When do you think you will be setting up your tank?
I wish I knew- waiting on a different tank to sell to fund the project.





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