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Hey What should I use first. peat kitty litter. I am trying to make the cheap mans substrate. I am then going to put a layer of sand then gravel.
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Hey What should I use first. peat kitty litter. I am trying to make the cheap mans substrate. I am then going to put a layer of sand then gravel.
I would not use either. If you are a beginner like your sig says! Get yourself some flourite, eco-complete or even some fine gravel over laterite. I know you want to save some money, but you have to walk before you can run. Trust me you will just get frustrated with the results with the peat/kitty litter mix.... But to answer your question the peat usually goes first... Check out www.thekrib.com

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Thanks I guess Ill Take a risk like I usually do!


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Your choice, but in your other post you mentioned only wanting java ferns and hornwort, both of which are water column feeders and dont even require a special substrate. Only plants like crypts, swords, some stem plants, vals will appreciate such a rich substrate, which of course require more/better lighting then your other post mentioned....

Dont get me wrong, I am not trying to be hard on you. I just don't want you to get frustrated and give up.... A little extra time/money up front can save lots of money,time and head aches down the road if your tank crashes or you get an algae outbreak etc....

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Well, you can always learn from your mistakes and try the 'safe' method if you fail. No harm done experimenting, just don't use fish during the transitional period(3 weeks)! First, you should use pure top soil, make sure it has no urea or manure in it. Then layer it on the bottom most layer it to make 1" and mix it with a handful of peat. Next you should top it off with 2" of fine gravel. Next, slowly fill you tank to minimize cloudiness. Then, wait for a period of three weeks; during that time lots of ammonia, nitrate, and phosphates will be released. I strongly advise you only stock your tank with Amano and Cherry Shrimp, and also try getting a colony of Daphina to dine on your green water, if you get it. Have strong biological filteration during that time will also help a lot.

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