Fertilizer sticks for terrestrial plants

timuraydin

Junior Poster
Jun 27, 2007
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Hello,

about 4 months ago, I had used 5 fertilizer sticks for terrestrial plants into the substrate of my tank (the substrate is aquaclay). After that, I have found out that these fertilizers contain vast amount of ammonioum in different forms. Right now, I am seeing brown, green and blue green algae on the gravel surface and at the gravel/glass boundary.

Can I somehow salvage the substrate, or should I just scrap it and rebuild the tank with new substrate?
 

Mooner

Lifetime Charter Member
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Jun 9, 2006
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Hi Timur,

Please tell us what else you might be adding to your tank and what type of tank you are working toward (ie. non-CO2, Excel, CO2) This will help get you a answer.

I wouldn't throw out your substrate yet, somebody out there has had worse and was able to salvage the substrate (me :D )
 

timuraydin

Junior Poster
Jun 27, 2007
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My aim is to have a heavily planted high tech tank. I currently have pressurized CO2, 4xT8 lighting, eheim 2213 filter. I have temporarily augmented the filtering with an eheim 2008 internal filter until I get a more powerful external fillter (i am looking into getting an eheim 2028)

Right now I am doing spot treatment with an H2O2 filled injector.