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topsoil capping or not?

I was wondering if you have to have a cap on the topsoil? could you just do it natural and what would be the outcome? any real harm in doing it that way? other than the murky water being stirred up.

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I think it would depend on your fish choice. Obviously bottom dwellers would stir up the dirt constantly and leave you with a muddy looking tank. Other than that I think you would be ok with fish health issues.
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a cap wouldnt last long with bottom dwellers either. i tried capping my tank (didnt use topsoil) and today it looks like a blend of colorquartz and sms. I really looks nice to me though.
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actually it has almost flipped. the sms is now on top and the cq is on the bottom.
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the problems with that:

1: mud cloud when you change things
2: bottom dwellers
3: you no longer are achieving a good majority of the purpose of the mineralized soil (keeping the nutrients "underground" I.E. under a cap)
4: Will the roots of plants be able to really keep a good hold on this stuff without a cap on top? (unless you make it a really deep bed of it)
5: refer back to #1 since you'll have that headache a LOT lol


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alrighty then! I was just curious. wondering how it works in nature.

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actually it has almost flipped. the sms is now on top and the cq is on the bottom.
This is just gravity and the fact that the larger particles are acting like a sieve allowing the smaller particles to settle to the bottom.

In mineralized soil, the soil itself is the most dense and will likely always settle to the bottom. However, capping it would keep it from stirring easily. Also makes it look nice nice too.


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I will say from my experience this week "cough cough" make sure you cap it , and cap it with a decent amount , mine did not have enough on top in my intial trial and I ended up with clay colored water ,, I removed the water added more of my cap and wahlah, clear water YAY

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