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Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by johnnyboy1965, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. johnnyboy1965

    johnnyboy1965 New Member

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    Hows things?...I have introduced myself on the "newbies page"
    Ive done the research, Ive watched every video on Youtube, many outstanding displays.
    I do have a few questions..
    Substrates....Im going for a equal mix of aquatic compost, a loam based soil (John Innes No3) and crushed quartz granite, this should harden my soft water, of course Ill check the Ph. This will be capped with quartz granite.
    Please feel free to comment, if you think thast this approach is wrong
     
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    I've used a quartz sand product as a cap before with no issues.

    The soil is what I question and I'm not familiar with "John Innes"

    All soil I have used is screened first to remove large particulates.
    Then soaked in small portions to remove anything that can float.
    By doing this usually 40% is trashed that I do not use.

    The reason: At some time a cap breach will occur when removing a plant.
    The above mentioned allows for a quick vacuum of substrate and no mess in the water column.
     
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    Thanks for the advice.
    2 More questions.....
    What turnover of the water should I be looking at? In my reef aquarium I had 37x..... I would like just a little movement/wave. Is water movement nessasary (sp) ?
    Depth of substrate ? Conflicting opinions on this?
     
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    I run 4x water flow.
    Gentle wave of plants.

    1" of soil capped with @ least 1.25" of sand.
    Keep the soil away from the sides an inch.
    This allows only viewing of sand and not a line in division of substrates.
     
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