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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-25-2015, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Switching from gravel to dirt?

How would I go about adding soil substrate to my tank. I currently have a low tech setup with basic aquarium gravel with root tabs inserted. Should I (or would it be necessary) to use soil. I have noticed some tiny pinholes in my wisteria, hasn't inhibited the growth though, as I have to trim it every week or two. I figures that using soil will up my nutrients for the flora. Could I add it right on top of the gravel? Remove the gravel completely and replace??? If so what kind to use?
If I do switch I will drain water into a 5 gallon bucket, put the Betta and snails into a 2.5 tank, remove plants, remove old gravel, replace with soil substrate, add water from 5 gallon bucket, replant plants, top off with new and then put the fish and snails back into their home. Think this would screw up my cycle at all?

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Adding flourish root tabs every 3 months or so.
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I wouldn't bother trying to change the substrate. I can't see how you would do it without tearing down the tank and starting over.

If you think your plants aren't getting enough nutrients switch to PPS-Pro dosing from NilocG or GLA.
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If you think your plants aren't getting enough nutrients switch to PPS-Pro dosing from NilocG or GLA.
Have you had experience using these before? Think I could use them in conjunction with the Flourish Comprehensive?

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I switched from using this http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00025696M?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00 to PPS-Pro when I changed from DIY CO2 to a pressurized GLA system. Recently filled about a third of bucket with plant trimmings. Fish were running out of swimming space.
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Your tank looks beautiful as is - I would do the dosing instead of switching over to a dirt substrate because you will have to restart.

The only method I could possibly imagine to redo the tank is to take the soil, moisten it with some water (not a lot), and pack it into ice trays and freeze. Once frozen, you bury them into the gravel substrate. I haven't done this (yet) btu have heard of others doing it.
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Your tank looks beautiful as is - I would do the dosing instead of switching over to a dirt substrate because you will have to restart.
Agree 100%!
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