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Old 10-01-2007, 04:10 AM
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Default For those using Schultz Aquatic Plant Soil...

I'm going to start putting together my viv. over the next week but I'm still not sure about some things like substrate. I want to have a section of my tank very wet so I can grow cryptocorynes emersed, but I haven't really seen any substrate layering options that would work well for this (ie, growing the crypts in leca etc).

I was just wondering if Schultz Aquatic Plant Soil wicks water at all - if it doesn't I'll probably use that under orchid bark or something else just with that top layer very thin in the wetter section.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:42 PM
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IME, it does wick water. You could perform a small experiment to see for yourself, how much. Just put together a small version of what you want to do, in a glass jar and cover. My vivs are wetter then I'd like, so my drainage and substrates layers are designed for a lot of drainage. I use LECA with Aquatic soil on top for drainage. Then a mix of cypress bark mulch, chunk peat moss, LFS, and coco chunks for a substrate. Leaf litter, ect. as a top layer.
On earlier tanks I ran aquatic soil only, no LECA. The substrate on these tanks was much wetter, something I'm getting away from.

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I use aquatic pond soil to incubate my gecko eggs because it wicks water very well. When the substrate gets dry, you can add a small amount of water to a corner of the container and it will be evenly distributed throughout the media within hours.
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I've been using it now since 2004, it wicks well, doesnt break down, eventually 'browns' to a more natural coloration. Plants love it.


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