Lacey D

Soil Experiment

Trying Miracle Grow Organic + sand + gravel in a 10 gallon tank before moving on to anything larger.

Soil Experiment
Lacey D, Jun 1, 2018
    • Jim01
      How is the experiment going?
    • Lacey D
      Very well! The main issue I had is that I made the soil too deep on this first one, and it keeps creating gas pockets which bubble up when disturbed. Tried again with less soil and more sand, and it works much better!

      This was it after about a month...so suffice it to say that my plants (which were rather sparce when I planted them) loved it :D
    • Jim01
      Looks good! What are those fish!! The black and white ones with the orange fork tails? They look great
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    • Jim01
      How many inches of soil to sand did you use? And how long did it take to settle?
    • Lacey D
      @Jim01 --that's a blonde chili endler :) All the fish in that tank are endler--it was my experimental tank and turned into a quarantine tank...and then a massively overpopulated tank >_<

      For Experiment 1, I used 2 inches of soil, and a thin (1/2 or less) cap of sand, then some gravel. For Experiment 2, I used around 1 inch of soil and 1 inch of pool filter sand, and have had MUCH more success, both in keeping plants rooted and in not having those air pockets form. I don't know what is being generated in the air pockets, and it doesn't seem to affect my fish or the pH of the water (so probably NOT CO2...I would guess nitrogen?). But also in both I have had to add Flourish to the water, so soil wasn't the 'no maintenance' substrate I hoped. Then again, they ARE massively over-planted and had a huge boom in plant growth in the first few weeks with zero algae, so....
    • Lacey D
      @Jim01 -- and it settled pretty quickly -- overnight at the most. I run sponge filters, but for the first few days I also ran HOBS filled with filter floss to get the excess out of the water ASAP. Ever since then I have disturbed it several times in plantings or rearranging things, and have never had it remain cloudy for longer than an hour or so. The key is to be gentle, especially in filling it the first time.
    • Lacey D
      Here is Experiment 2. And yes, that is the same piece of driftwood from Experiment 1--I couldn't get it to stop floating, so ended up removing it from the first aquarium and replacing it with a piece that was already waterlogged :p In this one I have it tied to a piece of slate, and I think it's finally surrendering to it's underwater fate after nearly a month...
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