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I have a bit of an unusual question that I would love to get some advice on. I am a student that is completely new to working with planted tanks, but I'm trying to set some up for an experiment that is ideally going to mimic a natural lake environment. For substrate I was planning on using an organic topsoil or organic potting soil and then capping it with Quikrete play sand.

I was then planning on establishing a natural zooplankton/algae community with a small amount of natural lake water and then topping up water with an artificial freshwater medium (RO water, some calcium chloride, magnesium sulfate, sodium bicarbonate, disoudium metasilicate, boric acid, and potassium chloride).

That being said, I'm worried there may be way too many nutrients in the tank or that this might be a bit rough on the plants. Is this a valid concern? I would appreciate any thoughts and guidance!
 
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