I started my tank originally w/ the idea, spend as little as possible. My original setup/advice comes from this link.
My substrate too. This leads to my question on my substrate.
I never read the sticky on substrates...but now that I did I saw this:
"Soil-layered substrate - This is considered an advanced substrate setup. Typically consists of layers of peat, soil, sand/gravel...you really have to know what you're doing before you attempt this."
Well I'm pretty good at self judgement and........I don't know what I'm doing and it seems I have a soil-layered (of a cheaper type), so...
Should I just continue to work w/ this? Should I replace it? The plants that I remove/move have HUGE roots so maybe it is good but the guy at the LFS
said I'm going to run into issues all the time. He said I'll always have the topsoil breaking down and causing changes in the H2O chemistry. I have all kinds of algae issues but they are not major outbreaks right now. You all have helped through past ones but I guess I never thought to mention my substrate. I think things are looking good right now but looking for advice. Should I change out my substrate somehow or leave it and work w/ it? Is the guy I talked to right in that I'm fighting an uphill battle w/ roller skates on?