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Re:Keeping the layers in place


If you take a sharp blade and cut around the plant you want to remove, then 
you won't pull up the miles of roots that have developed.  Don't worry 
about the roots left in the substrate, they will just die off if not 
connected.  This way mess is isolated and easier to clean.


At 03:48 PM 10/14/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 10:02:43 +0000
>From: "Jan Fidrmuc" <fidrmuc at united_econ.uni-bonn.de>
>Subject: soil substrate
>Those of you who add soil, manure, laterite or other additives to
>your substate, how do you keep it from getting on top of the
>substrate and in the water when removing plants? I have had a tank
>setup with  layers of soil and sandr. Everything was fine for about a
>year until I decided to thin the plants drastically (the tank was
>overrun by Valisneria). Now the soil is everywhere, under the sand,
>in the sand, and on top of it. I didn't want to tear down the tank
>completely, so I tried to remedy the situation by repeatedly
>siphoning out the fine soil particles. Later, I added an additional
>layer of fine gravel on top of the sand/soil mix.
>Any comments or suggestions?

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