Thanks Dax. I've had planted aquariums for coming on 20 years now but funnily enough, never with soil so this is a somewhat new experience.
I got into it totally by accident. I've had aquariums for ever...then I decided to spoil an Angel fish I had and get it some live plants, like a couple...one or two.
Well, they were alive, but doing much, that led me to google...which led me here...then I stumbled across some of Plantbrains and many of the other people's tanks on here...it was all over then.
I had never seen a seriously planted tank...was ignorant to how striking they can be.
So I ended up with Diane Walstad's book, read some of it, googled more, then did an small experiment with a 5 gallon I had laying around using MGOP...just to see if it was for real. To weeks later a plant that never grew an inch was growing out the top of the tank....long story short, few months later and this 90 gallon garden is in my basement...
Hey, it has fish too...almost forgot.
MGOP is amazing...some of my plants have literally doubled in size in a month. No Co2 (yet), no ferts, and stupid low lighting. Plus, I really have no clue what I'm doing...so if I can pull it off anyone can.