Well, the 3M doesn't have hardly any CEC to speak of. The CEC in this case is in the clay you add to the mineralized topsoil. 3M stopped making the sand I used to use. Estes now makes one called ceramaquartz that is the same product, but it has limited distribution. Black Flourite would be a good cap, not the sand, the regular black one. The sand is too fine in my opinion.Would aragonite be a good replacement for dolomite because I can't seem to find dolomite anywhere but my lfs has aragonite. Also since the 3M gravel is tough to find is there any others you'd suggest with a good CEC, preferably black thanks.
The only one I know of is the ceramaquartz. It doesn't have hardly any CEC though. Regular gravel is fine to use. You can also use Turface, Safe-T-Sorb or Soilmaster Select.Any cheaper black gravels with good cec.. If not could I just do an inert one and be good with the clay?
thanks aaron! based on your exp, how many wet to dry cycles did you have to do with MGOC compared to reg topsoil?I would just mineralize the miracle grow soil. You'd have to crush up the Aquasoil and it would be quite tedious. You could also pre-cycle the Aquasoil if you don't want to deal with the initial ammonia spike. Simply put it in a bucket and keep it wet and keep changing the water.
Oh my, not sure about skinning corpses....This is a really good detailed write up. I've never heard of anyone using this method here in UK, I'm going to give it a try on a little tank and show it in a journal on the UK forum(UKAPS)
The thing is we are big on dosing over here and people are more likely to go for an inert substrate and dose the water column heavily with E.I.
Your pictures proves its effective and as they say 'there's more than one way to skin a corpse in a ditch' ...is that the saying?
I do mine, but you don't have to. I run med-high light and pressurized CO2. Water changes are more important in the beginning month or so. Doing frequent small ones is better than large ones as it will help the tank cycle faster.I will do Aaron. I'm going to get my current tank a journal here too.
Do you treat an MTS tank as any other height tech tank. In which you would perform weekly water changes, run pressurised co2 and have mid-high light(no direct sunlight)
I have tried to read though as many pages as possible on my tapatalk app but its a tedious job so I hope I'm not asking you something you have answered many many times.