I have the worst luck in this hobby!

Discussion in 'Gamer' started by Gamer, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. GamerWell Known MemberMember

    I set up my el Natural planted tank, Miracle Grow Organic Choice topped with a 1 1/2 inch layer of AquariumPlants.com substrate, went fine for a month or so then all of a sudden I witnessed a HUGE air bubble burst up from underneath the aquariumplants.com gravel and within seconds the entire tank was pitch black with that potting soil everywhere. I had no choice but to evacuate my angels. Tank is recovering now but this weekend I'm removing the soil and will just use the aquariumplants substrate.

    I did alot of research and still don't know what went wrong, I've had tiny bubbles come up before but this one was far from it, the Miracle Grow literally erupted from underneath the gravel. :(
  2. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    wow that stinks :(
    you can safely use miracle grow in your tanks? is that the stuff we use for regular house plants? (not a plant keeper other than the beginner plants) so im curious
  3. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hello Gamer.
    Oh wow! I hate you and your fish had that experience. It sounds like a gas pocket. I haven't experienced it personally. I know that to prevent gas pockets in tanks with sand, the sand has to be stirred from time to time. Maybe this is what happened to yours as well.
    I think removing the Angels was a great idea!
    I hope everything goes more smoothly for you from here on out. I'll be looking for more responses on this too.
    Best of luck!
  4. Goldwing_DonWell Known MemberMember

    No. you should not put Miracle Grow in your tank. Organic or not. JMHO
  5. sirdarksolFishlore LegendMember

    Miracle Grow Organic is fine for aquaria. It's used by many aquarists (including numerous plant specialists) with no problems. The issue you had is likely a gas pocket from the decaying matter in the soil. As Aquarist suggested, stirring it periodically should help this. The addition of Malaysian trumpet snails can help, too.
  6. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    wow didnt know that!!
  7. sirdarksolFishlore LegendMember

    It's been talked about here before, but it's been quite awhile. The one that surprised me was that "the plant guy" at the MN Aquarium Society uses it. This guy has planted tanks that just happen to have a few fish in them. His plants are absolutely amazing, and I am told that the tanks are completely stunning.
  8. konstargirlWell Known MemberMember

    ^Interesting. :)

    That sucks that you've experienced this. I never had in all of these times my dad or me have kept tanks. :/
  9. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    all of it surprises me...I cant imagine using anything like this in a fish tank ...we learn something new everyday I guess!
  10. GamerWell Known MemberMember

    Well, it sounds like that is what it was. Dang. Well, my angelfish are in my 20 gallon bare bottom Q tank with a few pieces of driftwood with java ferns attached to them and one potted amazon. They are doing just fine, and feeding time is their favorite time of day. On my 47 I removed the soil, rinsed it all out, put in fresh substrate, filled it and am basically starting over new. *sigh* Thanks for the responses everyone, I shall my natural planted masterpiece in time lol.
  11. Red1313Fishlore VIPMember

    I'm haveing that fight with you :p

    I haven't had any explosions but cyano-bacteria love the soil I've got. I'm told uping the water changes can help with that. After finals I'll take up that war again :p