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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-31-2009, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Terraced hill lead to anerobic conditions?

I have a 29 gallon tank with substrate as in El Natural. The substrate is dirt with kitty litter, sand and ferts mixed in and is topped with fluorite in the majority of the area. I am thinking of tearing it down and making a terraced hill on the right side of the tank. I am planning on tearing it down so that I can add natural charcoal to the substrate. Read that substrate should not be higher than 1.5 in. The terrace hill will be higher than that. Could this lead to anaerobic conditions?

Here is my tank at present. The bag with sphagnum moss is temporary.
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1.5"? lol

I think the substrate in the back of my 75gallon is bordering on 4-5". If you have plenty of plants, the plant roots will keep the soil aerated fine.

adding a few Malaysian trumpet snails (if you're not anti-snail) will help as well.


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Hill is where most of stem plants will be so it seems high possibility that it will be okay.

I am not anti snail but only the pond snails live in my tank. The Malaysian snails apple snail don't live even a year in my tank. Probably because my water is very soft.
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