I have several 20g's, all of which currently are either divided between two males, or my 7 girl sorority. I would like to transfer them over, a bit at a time, to all NPT's. It's too expensive to do all at once for six tanks of that size, hence the timeline. I'll supplement with silk plants in the meantime.
And, I've got a massive pond snail infestation...so a bit at a time everyone is going into QT for a few days while I drain the tanks, KILL all the pond snails (they're eating all the new growth on my plants...), and reset everything back up. I hate to lose my cycles, but I'll keep other tanks running in the meantime to seed the cleaned out ones as I go along, so shouldn't be too bad.
But, I have read that the best option, really, for NPT's is to use the organic soil as a substrate, topped with a small quantity of gravel. I think this will also help with my problem of the plants not wanting to STAY PLANTED. ;)
So, my question is...can I go on ahead and set up the tanks to start with, with the soil under the gravel...and just a few plants, or will this cause some sort of problem?
I couldn't really think of anything that it would bother...but I wanted to make sure as well. :) I've had some luck so far with the easy-grow low-light plants, and I know that they'll be so much nicer for my fish once I convert over to all NPT's. But, I want to make sure that I'm doing it right first off. :)
Oh, and one more question...I was only able to find organic soil...it's not potting soil-specific, and says on the bag that it's not for use in potting. I have no idea why though. It's all organic, sphagnum moss, peat moss, "natural fertilizers", etc. Will this work? I want to be sure before I start this project.