Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Ontario, Canada
Potting soil for substrate?
Well, I was bored and decided to turn my hospital tank into a mini planted aquarium. It's a 5.5gal tank that simply had some gravel at the bottom. Being cheap, I wasn't in a mood to go buy a bag of flourite/laterite stuff so I layed down about 1.5" of organic potting soil and one inch of gravel. Worked out great. It wasn't messy and plants easily.
However, I did do some basic mesurements and I noticed that I had levels of amonia right off the bat. Duh! The soil probably has some ferts and stuff. So here is my question. Once the plants kick in, will my plants be able to level off the amonia produced by the soil? My readings are pretty low (0.25 to 0.50ppm). Oh I guess a second question is once that's ok, any concerns adding fish? Since it's organic soil, it should be fine right?
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