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My Aquascape with Garden Soil substrate

Discussion in 'Aquarium & Aquascaping General Discussion' started by Karthik, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Karthik

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    Hi Guys,

    I decided to try my hands at the dirt substrate in my planted tank. So here's what I did:
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    Substrate: garden soil topped up with JBL Manado.
    Plants: Various crypts, few bunches of tenellus, anubias petite, anubias barteri, few ferns (on the wood),
    Pinnatifida (yet to show up in the background), Reinckii Mini, Ludwigia Palustris. Most plants harvested from my emersed setups. :) :)
    Tank size: 36" x 15" x 15"
    Lights: 72W PLL.
    Filter: 1200LPH internal filter.
    Co2: not yet. Planning to add it in a weeks' time.
    Fertiliser dosage: yes, EI Method.
    Fish: 12 pencil fish, one swordtail (desperate rehousing), few guppies.

    I am planning to add more stems at the back and have ordered about 100 tenellus.

    Hope you all like it.

    Cheers,

    Karthik
     
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    :) the plants look very good already Karthik,

    I would add still some branched out roots to the scape.
     
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    I think you could grow plants anywhere. I agree with Evelyn I would scatter a few rocks (a similar colour as the dirt) and press them into the soil a little to give them the natural appeal.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
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    Thanks guys. Yes, I will add some more hardscape to the tank.

    Cheers,

    Karthik
     
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    Looks good, I'm very interested to see how the plants grow using the dirt method and ei dosing.
     
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    Karthik not only has green fingers he has that Magical touch as well.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
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    Thanks guys.. I will update this thread regularly.

    Cheers,

    Karthik
     
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    So, I decided to "harvest" one of the HC containers and look what I found:

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    HC Growing on the coconut shell.. :) :)

    Here's what I did with it:

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    My submerged growing skills are at a beginner level. Kindly excuse the irritating algae seen on the glass.
    Cheers,

    Karthik
     
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    It will be interesting to see if it grows across the substrate.

    Keith:cathug::cathug:
     
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