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post #301 of 662 (permalink) Old 04-05-2013, 06:17 PM
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About using soil from your yard...

The soil where I live is heavy red clay that floods easily. Would this be okay to use, or would I have to mix it with something to be viable? I know for gardening outside I have to doctor it...

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post #302 of 662 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 07:11 PM
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Great post OFL! I will use this as I start my NPT.
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post #303 of 662 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 07:49 PM
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Is it bad to change the filter and do a water change at the same time or does most of the beneficial bacteria stay in the soil?
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I am very close to considering digging out my sand, putting in potting soil and putting some of the previous sand ontop of it. Maybe I'm just impatient, but it almost appears that my plants are having a hard time. My hornwort seems to be slowly disappearing, my cabomba leaves aren't regrowing/only 1 stem is growing, but it's not producing more leaves..., my corckscrew val seems to be doing okay, but I've just planted them and my ruffled sword seems to be thriving. The java moss I got just last weekend. So far I'm not seeing any signs of it dying on me.

The only thing that seems to be thriving is the ruffled sword and salivina. Maybe a month? ago I added in 2 flourish tablets. The sword got a whole tablet and I spilt 1 in 3s for the cabomba. I also add liquid fert maybe once a week.

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post #305 of 662 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 05:04 PM
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Forgive my inexperience when it comes to soil, either in or out of a tank, but won't the soil stay grounded once it's been watered down and settled in the tank as sand would do, making the cap unnecessary?
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post #306 of 662 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 05:06 PM
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It might but it would kick up at the littlest thing and not settle easily. I don't doubt ofl lol.
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post #307 of 662 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 05:25 PM
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I had a NPT going with soil and sand, I have a pleco that is about 7 inches long and he loves to dig, he dug through the sand cap and got into the was a total mess, something I will not repeat I use a gravel cap now and use craft cloth and a thin thin layer of sand right on top of the soil to keep diggers at bay, so I would really consider what you are going to put in a tank before deciding on a cap if its a betta tank and you get a layer of really course sand it's fine, non betta tank think about what kinds of fish and what they do
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post #308 of 662 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 05:41 PM
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I had to uproot some of my wisteria in my NPT yesterday which resulted in some of my soil seeping through...any tips on how to replace the sand cap around plants? Or would I be better off just leaving it alone? It's not real noticeable, in the back of the tank...
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post #309 of 662 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 06:21 PM
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From what I've read, beneficial bacteria will eventually glue your soil together, just like it does in the wild. That doesn't mean it'll never cloud up, but it shouldn't get as cloudy as it does when you first set your tank up. carbonxxkidd: If I understand your question right... Whenever I want to replace the cap, I just pour more sand in the tank or move some from another area into the hole I want filled

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post #310 of 662 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 06:28 PM
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You guys can try it if you want but the sand cap looks nice, works, and I see no reason to fix what's not broken. Ofl is pretty much an expert in this field, so I trust that this is the best way.
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