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Re: long term subtrate experience
> Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 10:56:55 -0400
> From: Michael Eckardt <mike at odg_com>
> What are your long term (i.e. > 2 years) experiences with your substrate?
90 gallon tank; Dupla 250w heating coils; gravel plus laterite:
Set up for 4.5 years, no problems, still as good as new when it was
torn down for remodeling.
100 gallon tank; no heating cables; gravel plus laterite:
Crapped out after 18 months. Plants became sluggish, algae became
85 gallon tank; UGF; gravel only:
Ran great until we had to tear it down for remodeling but it took
more maintenance to keep it "fresh" (lot's of gravel vacuuming
when plants were removed for trimming).
> Should the Dupla style of substrate be recommended for anticipated
> long-term setups?
IMHO, definitely. You gotta use heating coils, though.
> Are the "rich" substrates more appropriate for shorter
> term setups, experimental tanks, or plant propagation tanks?
I've never wanted to risk trying one because I keep expensive fish, so
I really can't comment on this.