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Old 12-03-2015, 04:40 PM   #21
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Two days ago it was off the charts. I put half a capful of Prime per 3G bucket, so I can skip a day. Bad, but after two days it was "only" around 2 ppm. Did 12g change last night which took it down to lighter than .25. I'll check again tonight as I have tomorrow off and won't need to rush to bed. Would a picture of the test vial next to chart be more helpful? I actually like second opinions.


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Old 12-03-2015, 07:50 PM   #22
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Two days ago it was off the charts. I put half a capful of Prime per 3G bucket, so I can skip a day. Bad, but after two days it was "only" around 2 ppm. Did 12g change last night which took it down to lighter than .25. I'll check again tonight as I have tomorrow off and won't need to rush to bed. Would a picture of the test vial next to chart be more helpful? I actually like second opinions.


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Sounds like you're talking ammonia? Think the nitrate starts at 5ppm. Might time here now so be a few hours before I can reply. Yes pictures are always useful


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Sorry, I'm done looking at ammonia. Now I'm working on nitrites.


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Old 12-03-2015, 09:49 PM   #24
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30" Long x 24" high x 18" deep

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Old 12-04-2015, 08:46 AM   #25
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I think a standard 25 litre bag is more than enough to get you a 1.5 inch depth which would be roughly 19 pounds. But it's quite difficult to quantify precisely.


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Thanks again, but now I have a predicament. I have 3 angelicus botia and 1 yoyo loach. Are they going to mess up my substrate?

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Sorry I'm not familiar with those fish so I can't answer that.


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Really nice read!

I was wondering if plants can get carbon out of the soil readily? I guess that would be from carbonates unless organic material?
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Really nice read!

I was wondering if plants can get carbon out of the soil readily? I guess that would be from carbonates unless organic material?

Thanks soil does contain carbon but it is in the form of dissolved organic carbon. Some plants are adapted to using carbonates but not all. These will be the plants naturally found in harder waters of course. Admittedly, soil doesn't provide carbon for a long time. Obviously it will depend on many factors. In a tank that doesn't receive any additional carbon the plants do grow very slowly. It is definitely the major limiting factor. Other means of allowing carbon to build up are allowing organic a to remain in the tank to be turned in to DOC and adding a siesta period the allows the accumulation of carbon dioxide. Studies show that most waters deplete the carbon supply by midday.
You can still use injected carbon or glut in a soil tank and plants should grow Nicely without additional fertilisers.


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Haha. Thanks mebbid. This is pretty easy going compared to other works we have been involved in so you should be fine. Perhaps you may give soil another go after reading.

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Good news! I finally got around to reading it!

Its a very interesting article. I would be curious to know how much of an impact that detritus plays in the absence of tanks with soil and a more coarse substrate such as flourite.

I have some black flourite on the way to start my 75g build so i might give soil another go.

How long do you think it would take soil to go through its initial breakdown?
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