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    Hi Folks,

    Odie_88 came over two Sundays ago to help me with the set up of this 3ft tank and take photos to post here as a journal.

    Here's the ingredients:


    Marble Chips and Blood & Bone as Dynamic Lifter

    River sand

    Propagating sand

    Mineral & Bacteria supplements
    Thanks for all the fish!

  • #2
    ahh, i recall that some tuscan path stuff is deadly due to the coloured coatings on the pebbles. Should double check if the ones you have are artificially coloured or not.

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    • #3
      They don't colour the white, as it comes naturally in that colour - it's called marble.

      Easy to test. Place a small amount in a glass and cover with cider vinegar. Marble bubbles as the acid dissolves it.
      Thanks for all the fish!

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      • #4
        Im confused which is the marble? Colourful sand or Colourful Stones?

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        • #5
          They're exactly the same, just different size.
          Thanks for all the fish!

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          • #6
            Does the river sand go on top as the final layer?

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            • #7
              Layering the Substrate

              Here's the process...


              1st Layer - Blood & Bone

              then the Marble chips

              2nd Layer - the unwashed River Sand

              3rd - Mineral & Bacteria supplements

              this is part of the Flora Root supplement, meant to activate it

              4th & Final Layer - clean washed Propagating Sand

              Cover with plastic, ready to fill



              2/3 full & ready for planting
              Thanks for all the fish!

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              • #8
                Should be able to grow anything in that Tone ,What Is the lucky tank occupants.
                And how long before you can stock the Tank

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                • #9
                  I put RCS & guppies in the next day. All happy and healthy...
                  Thanks for all the fish!

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                  • #10
                    Just checking....

                    The dynamc lifter pellets went in with the blood & bone and marble chips, right?

                    Did you use bothe the "sand" & "stones"? Looked as if it was just the stones.

                    Cheers,
                    Scott

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                    • #11
                      Who would have thought? After all of those rules about no marble in the tank, being careful about volatile substances in there - but I'm assuming you know what you're up to, you are a genius after all. Can't wait to see how it comes on Tone!
                      Last edited by DiscusEden; 20-03-11, 04:28 PM. Reason: literacy - trying to get some
                      "Weeds are just plants growing in the wrong place" - Jackie French
                      Gardening is just racism for plants - Amber, The Old Guys

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ghoti View Post
                        Just checking....

                        The dynamc lifter pellets went in with the blood & bone and marble chips, right?

                        Did you use bothe the "sand" & "stones"? Looked as if it was just the stones.

                        Cheers,
                        Scott
                        The DL is 90% B&B with Pot Ash. It therefore, provides additional potassium, which is often deficient.

                        For the record, I used the marble chips - not the marble "sand". However, from experience, it doesn't make any difference which of these you use.

                        Carolyn, I'll post a pic later today. Not much to see, as I only planted it yesterday. Should look great by Easter.
                        Thanks for all the fish!

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                        • #13
                          Tank now planted

                          Here's a few pics of the tank, planted it this morning.

                          The tank's a bit cloudy due to digging around in it. And the glass is scratched... it's an OLD tank.

                          LHS

                          RHS

                          RHS with more height

                          And here's Paul, the FW Sole
                          Thanks for all the fish!

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                          • #14
                            BTW - a big THANK YOU! to Simon for helping out with stems and taking pics. It's REALLY appreciated.
                            Thanks for all the fish!

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                            • #15
                              No worries Tony...anytime... !

                              I'm about to top up my own tank with Propagating sand soon too, in my effort to clear the cloudiness of the Aqua-soil breakdown...

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