Originally Posted by Caliban07
Most people use miracle gro organic potting soil. They water will have elevated ammonia for a while after you submerge the soil so it's best to plant right from the start. You can boil the soil to release the ammonia or mineralise it beforehand which is time consuming and both are messy. Mineralising is a process whereby the soil is wetted and dried multiple times to help breakdown the ammonia.
If you submerge straight off the bat you are going to need very good bio filtration, water movement and oxygenation if you have any livestock.
All plants will benefit from soil but your choice depends on other aspects such as additional carbon supplementation and lighting intensity.
I've heard you can use cat litter the stuff I used is better.
Any questions feel free to ask.
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I have a 3 ft tank with 2 platys, 3 white cloud minnows (one might be a molly) & 2 red tail minnows. It's only a third of the tank (roughly) I want to soil & plant as a "forest" area. Have a plan drawn out. I am moving in two weeks & was just going to put the Fish in my 2 smaller tanks till i get this one set up.
How do I boil it? The wetting & drying sounds more practical. What did you use for clay?
Going to have an air wall round 2 sides of the forest area. Also have an interpet f2 filter & a small 200lph filter for this tank.
Hoping it won't take more than a month to set up xxx
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