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  1. Substrates
    I have been spending a lot of time researching substrates and needless to say i've got questions. First a little info: I will be changing over my 55g to a 75g (48"x 18" footprint). The tank now contains hundreds of cherry shrimp, 7 Amano shrimp, 7 pygmy corys, 1 oto, 1 galaxy rasbora, 1...
  2. Substrates
    In 2008 Aaron Talbot described the process of creating mineralized substrate. The thread it generated contains a number of questions about the clay part of the formula. Being new to APC I missed out on the conversation, but as a potter I have a few tips that will still be helpful which...
  3. Substrates
    Black basalt sand is cheap in Hawaii but in a jar of 50/50 sand to RO water (7.0 initial pH) it raises the ph to 8.5. I am doing a high-tech tank with mineralized soil (my initial soil pH is 7.5). I would like to have pH in the range of 6.5-7.5 and am concerned about the sand. Thoughts? Not...
  4. Substrates
    Hi all, I just joined this forum today as it seems it's naturally the place to be for information on planted tanks. I've been more or less following the directions on mineralizing topsoil found on this very site, but with a few tweaks. I just want to make sure I'm not getting myself into any...
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