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    hi all,

    what's the smallest bag of aquarium soil you can buy? I see 2kg fluval aquarium soil bags for sale, nut wanting to buy the smallest bag possible as it will only be used for the little stick on planter boxes for growing different types of anubias I am trying to collect.

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    2kg would be least. IME fluval breaks down easy. Get amazonia. Why are using soil for Anubias??

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    why are you buying soil for aquatic plants?

    Get a 1 litre plastic icecream container (no holes in it).
    Add 1 inch of gravel.
    Spread a thin layer of granulated garden fertiliser over the gravel.
    Sprinkle 6mm of red clay over the fertiliser. Dry clay and crush into powder first.
    Cover with more gravel and put plant in. When roots hits clay and fertiliser plant goes nuts.
    Clay stops fertiliser leaching into the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westie View Post
    hi all,

    what's the smallest bag of aquarium soil you can buy? I see 2kg fluval aquarium soil bags for sale, nut wanting to buy the smallest bag possible as it will only be used for the little stick on planter boxes for growing different types of anubias I am trying to collect.

    thanks
    Anubias doesnt require soil.. Just attach them to rock and branches and they'll be happy

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    thanks for all the replies
    i wanted to do something like this:
    http://scapeclub.org/forum/showthrea...Tank-Pic-Heavy
    just without the birchirs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westie View Post
    thanks for all the replies
    i wanted to do something like this:
    http://scapeclub.org/forum/showthrea...Tank-Pic-Heavy
    just without the birchirs
    Looks cool isn't it!

    You can certainly use Anubias in aquasoil but just bury the roots. In fact Anubias loves this approach as it gets it's nutrition without any effort.

    Too bad you are not in another state. I have the Anubias pinto coming up for sale soonish.... I don't have any Anubias white though.

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    I don't know pricing but Oliver Knott soil might be available in Australia. Someone was mentioning it. Amazonia will probably be the most economical though. Otherwise you can cheat by using Bunnings branded pond fertiliser capped with sand. Just bury the roots deep and keep rhizome free and floating.

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    I was gonna get the small bag of fluval soil but since you said it breaks down easy I’m not that keen. Dunno if you can get the Oliver Knott soil in WA. would love to get hold of different Anubias plants, but any time they come up for sale you need to sell a kidney.
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    For this purpose, Fluval might be ok. Just that it became mud so quickly (few months) in my case. Black earth is better but not available. See if you can grab any bag that's left over. Other ADA is the best choice.

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    Got the plant pot in the mail today and it’s broken....

    Thank you AusPost
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    Was it packed with plenty of bubble wrap in and out of the box? I reckon Auspost can't be blamed unless it was marked FRAGILE etc and packed appropriately.

    The mail gets thrown around a lot though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westie View Post
    Got the plant pot in the mail today and itís broken....

    Thank you AusPost
    Not exactly a warning but the suction caps on these don't last long. Probably also the force of the filled pots on the suction caps means they don't stay in place long. As decorative as they look I don't think they are a sustainable aqua scaping solution.

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    Yeah it was marked fragile and packed on the outside as well as in the box so super disappointed.
    As for aquascaping, I am probably the worst aquascaping in WA. I run good lights and co2 but am in awe of what I see on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westie View Post
    As for aquascaping, I am probably the worst aquascaping in WA. I run good lights and co2 but am in awe of what I see on this forum.
    I challenge you for that title
    Read this very helpful thread on BSS .
    No pictures on your BSS advert? Then be prepared for it to be deleted ( read the rules )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme View Post
    I challenge you for that title
    Challenge accepted

    Well it turns out that the soil in my little 2 footer has started to break down. Will need to empty the tank and start again with new soil. Any suggestions for a tank which is 2 foot wide and only 10 inches deep?
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