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Mineralized soil: to change or not to change

Hello there all,

I put this question in the Mineralized soil thread,
but I wanted to get an answer soon.
I have read through this whole thread because
I am trying to decide whether to change over
to mineralized soil. I thought Laura might want
to answer this one, but I would like to hear
from you other guys. Question: Did you switch
over to mineralized soil for experimentation
or wanting to have more success in growing
nice plants. Let me explain. I have a 60 gallon
planted tank, low tech, with crypts, swords,
anubias, vals, and some stem plants. I don't
have a photo, but I can get one. I also have
eco complete substrate. I also have Discus.
I am considering to switch to mineralized soil
mainly because I want to cap it with sand,
cause I want sand, and also I thought I would
want to see the results of this experiment.
My plants are doing great and so are the fish.
Question: Will I be giving up anything or
jeopardizing the health of my fish by switching
over to mineralized soil. I am concerned about
the first few weeks for the substrate and water
column to balance out and settle in.

Thanks,

Jeff
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Question: Will I be giving up anything or
jeopardizing the health of my fish by switching
over to mineralized soil. I am concerned about
the first few weeks for the substrate and water
column to balance out and settle in.

Thanks,

Jeff

Good question. If most peoples' experiences are indicative of what to expect, then no. However, this hobby can be puzzling and perplexing at times. Not every tank set up the same way always behaves the same way as far as plant growth and algae goes. You only have to read through the conflicting and contradictory information you come across on this and other forums to see this. This applies where commercial substrates are involved as well. The only way, as I have stated so many times, is to try for yourself and see what happens. Doing so always entails some risk, but the risk may be minimal if you stick as closely as possible(including all ingredients, right down to the brand name soil used) to the original mineralized topsoil recipe.
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There's risk with any soil... People have had problems with ada aquasoil.
Always let your tank cycle (0 NH4, 0 NO2) before adding fish.. that's pretty much it.


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I would leave your 60 gallon and start with a new mineralized setup
that way you have your successful 60 and a new mineralized tank with the sand you want.


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Better to settle

Hi,

Thanks Coltonorr, I tend to agree. From what I have experienced
and what I have read here to conclude is, that, when you set up a
planted tank, you have the soil, the plants, the lighting, the filtration,
Co2 maybe, and the fish, maybe. Once started and cycling, the tank
goes through stages, each stage over time results in a fairy well
balanced ecosystem. To change the soil now, I think would really
disrupt things. I would have to watch and wait for each of those
stages to complete itself until the tank is balanced again. I think
to start with a new tank, with added mineralized soil would make
for a more successful experiment. One that I would be pleased
with.

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