"Yes I agree if you are going to do media beds, you do not need to mess with the net pots.
I would say get media. Clay balls like Hydroton are great if you can afford them but a limestone/marble free river gravel in1/2" to 3/4" size…"
"The vinegar test work on the limestone material in the media. It will fizz like an alkeselzer tablet in water. Take a handful of your chosen media and rinse it in plain water. This is to remove any dust that may react to the…"
"My friend uses soil in the pots and has them sitting in coconut coir as his wicking bed. I have also grown plants in pots with soil in my AP. I lined the bottom and sides of net pots with a porous fiber called 'sure to grow'…"
"I am going to do the same thing come spring in my hybrid system. I, personally am an advocate of using quartzite material as it is pH nutral and will not affect the pH of the fish tank. I would not use soil but I know, in this type of…"
"If you're using a raft system you won't need media in the best just the net pots, and as far as the drilling of holes, I would go for it, if you have a bunch of old pots and want to take the time to do it"
"thanks for the advise! where do you get lava rock? Also was wondering the pots you put your plants in I've seen the baskets with a lot of wholes or coconut husk baskets can I just use regular potting pots and drill a bunch of holes…"
"Gravel is heavy and may affect your PH. I believe the pellets are the best if you can afford them. Using soil or the pots defeats the purpose of the media beds. If you need to save money(Don't we all?) use lava rock topped off with about 3…"
I have a large box and am going to put in pots within the large box, I supposed I will fill the box with some kind of medium that isn't important since it won't house the plants but in the pots I'm c onflicted. someone said I shouldn't use the clay pellets because if I get a disease from the fish its too hard to clean them out, Can I use soil? will that dirty the fish water? I was thinking of using gravel because its cheap, just want some advice input.See More
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