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    Tank build with " Tropica " Plant soil

    I was asking Tropica North American distributor some questions about the new "Tropica" plant soil, after some discussion he graciously offered to send me 2X 3 L bags- One soil & 1 Powder.
    I figured the least i can do to show appreciation , is to do a tank build thread with it, so others can judge for themselves.
    I was going to try it in a 17 gallon AKA 60P but since i could not find some more locally I decided to redo my low light Aqua Top 8.6 gallon.
    More to come as i get going.........

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    I'll be interested to see how well your plants do.

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    This is the tank that i stripped to use the Tropica soil
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    The pellet size of the soil & it`s powdered version is great for small root plants, theTropica powdered soil is not a sandy grain size as with other powdered soils
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    Here is a list of everything i intend to start this build with
    Tank -Aquatop 8.6 gallon
    http://aquatop.com/high-clarity-glas...um-hca-18.html
    Lighting: Glo T5 High Output Ballast Kit for 2 - 24" 24 Watt with zoo med t5 HO Aqua Flora & Ocean Sun tubes & Tek Light reflectors.
    Filter : Zoo Med Nano 30 canister filter
    Heater : Hydor 50 watt
    Hardscape: Dragon stone
    Plants : Glossostigma elatinoides ,Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo' ,Echinodorus tenellus
    CO2 : Pressurized via 2 stage DIY & in tank Diffuser
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    Fertilizer : Unsure at this time, thinking of going with Tropica Ferts.
    Starting to play with the layout - fun time
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    The LFS just got in some dragon stone. Contemplating using it but will probably do a nature scape with driftwood. Curious to see what u do with corner where you have the barrier up
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dougomac Click here to enlarge
    The LFS just got in some dragon stone. Contemplating using it but will probably do a nature scape with driftwood. Curious to see what u do with corner where you have the barrier up
    Hi Doug, i was going to do sand in that area, but did not like the look so it`s all soil now.

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    I have planted the tank & flood it.
    I have tested for ammonia & the soil is leaching a bit of it currently sitting @ .50 ppm before starting the filter. I`m hoping some frequent water changes & the seeded filter will control this as the soil cycles.
    I still have some tidying up & setting equipment in it`s final location and tweak things as the tank matures.
    I will try & keep this thread updated as things progress.
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    looks great
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    Happy to report that 5 days later the soil is cycled, some growth & inhabitants waiting to get back in their home.
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    I have tweaked to rock work & change location of diffuser , input & output pipes.
    I`m still tweaking the light intensity by adjusting the height, took out the lamp eyes & replaced with Green Neons.
    No dosing as yet, i`m really liking the Tropica soil so far.
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    Looking good, can't wait to see this grown out!

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    Update:
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    My conclusion of the Tropica soil is that it`s a very good substrate, plants respond really well with very little fertilization. The buffering capacity is a bit more aggressive than ADA especially in our already soft water .
    I really like the grain size of the powered version.
    Please excuse the dirty DIY pipes, they will soon be changed out for glass pipes.
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    Looks beautiful

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by komodo182 Click here to enlarge
    Looks beautiful
    Thanks, i`m really impressed with this substrate.
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    I'm always impressed with your planted tanks.
    I like discus cause discus like me.


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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by blue lagoon Click here to enlarge
    I'm always impressed with your planted tanks.
    Thanks for your kind compliments, it is appreciated.

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    Hows the tank going
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Charlie Click here to enlarge
    I was asking Tropica North American distributor some questions about the new "Tropica" plant soil, after some discussion he graciously offered to send me 2X 3 L bags- One soil & 1 Powder.
    I figured the least i can do to show appreciation , is to do a tank build thread with it, so others can judge for themselves.
    I was going to try it in a 17 gallon AKA 60P but since i could not find some more locally I decided to redo my low light Aqua Top 8.6 gallon.
    More to come as i get going.........
    I'll definitely be following this. I am planning on redoing my little 8g tank. I have my soil and a few rocks for my scape. I want a few more. Then I need to try and get some carpeting plants.

    Do you have any plant/stock plans yet

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    HA HA, I just realized the date on the post I quoted.

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