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Why did you go with mineralized if you plan on having a carpet?! 0 0%
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-13-2009, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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growing UG in.....

I'm going to be starting my 75 very soon with mineralized substrate. I got in a bunch of 3M colorquartz to cap with.

Is there any way that UG is going to grow in this? I've read a lot of people have issues getting carpet type plants to grow in mineralized substrate. (even though I've gotten most carpets to grow in SMS which is essentially inert) So can I grow the UG in 3M capped mineralized soil, or should I try and find some flourite or something to cap the dirt with in the front where the UG will be?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-13-2009, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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okay. I just read around a little more and found a few places where people have said that UG actually PREFERS an inert substrate. (makes sense. all of the land based carniverous plants prefer very inert root beds) In that case.... I'm guessing I should use ONLY the colorquartz in the foregrouns and keep the mineralized soil behind the "barrier" I'm making with the hardscape. My only lament is that I was planning on using some pogostemon helferi (downoi) in with the UG to break up the monotony a bit around the hardscape edges... will downoi be okay with the inert substrate, or will the mineralized soil in the rear f the tank not release enough into the water column to support this plant? I fear this will become a lesson in futility if I'm not careful to get some hard answers from more seasoned aquascapers before setup. (which should be in less than two weeks)
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