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Old 09-22-2009, 04:23 PM   #21 
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As a fertilizer, the soil is necessary in the specific method tank that I 'do'.

There are plenty of people who don't use soil, but to do so you will have to add a regular liquid fertilizer to your tank to keep the plants growing. That 'non-soil' method isn't one I've tried.

I strive for low tech, even though some of my tanks don't agree with me - (I bought the wrong lights for one of them...)
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:39 PM   #22 
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where can we get this soil? like a regular potting soil or is there a certain type of soil?
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:58 PM   #23 
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I use Miracle Grow Organic Choice. Home Depot sells it ... a big bag will do 2 tanks and a couple of replantings of house plants...
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:27 PM   #24 
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I found a product called Flourite (black). It is a stable clay based gravel and will last the life of the aquarium and beyond. I bought a 15lb bag for $20 U.S. I asked Fish-guy at my store if the soil was necessary, he said not with this product. It is made especially for aqua-scaping. It was a little pricey but amortized over the life of an aquarium and beyond, not so much.

For my 5g tank, (17.5"x9.5") 1 bag gives at least 5" substrate; I'm cutting down to 3". Here is a link to a distributor who has provided a calculator at the bottom of the page: http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod.../Flourite.html

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Old 09-25-2009, 10:47 PM   #25 
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I do the non-soil method of plant keeping. I use Kent's Pro-Plant liquid fertilizer though. I love my planted tank - and in all honesty this is my first planted tank. It was a bit challenging at first until I found out the root of my problem was an iron deficiency. Once I got that taken care of the plants took off. I wouldn't have made it through without Neenjar's help though. He probably saw my name in his inbox and thought "oh no not again" lol.
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:19 AM   #26 
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Today was water change day. I woke up to find FredFish had root pruned all my watersprite for me, grrrrr. Not a single plant had roots. I noticed him nosing those plants when I put them in yesterday but could not catch him actually nipping them. I also noticed he spent alot of time around the back of the bowl where the Java roots are. I turned the bowl on it's lazy susan to see what he was up to. Again could not catch him actually nipping. I removed the little colony of watersprite into the 5g I am cycling.

Another oddity which may be due to it being a bowl and not straight sides. FredFish really needed to be provoked before he would flare at the mirror. I did the mirror test to observe behavior; checking for all the normal betta behavior. It seems FredFish is difficult to provoke. However, he is pretty sensitive to ambient sound, if I cough or sneeze, he startles. I may have to rename him "berdache".

Anyone have similar experiences?
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