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AquaDee
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PostPosted: 2011.07.22(Fri)9:11    Post subject: Mineralized Top Soil Reply with quote

Have anybody done this?

It's my first time doing it, and coming back from a couple of years break from fish keeping.

I wanted to try this homemade mixture out, as it says to yield great plant growth as well as help minimizing algae growth. And just something new, and I also like to make things from scratch =).

Here is my main source for this idea:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/library/52554-how-mineralized-soil-substrate-aaron-talbot.html

I just wanted to post this here for any input, tips, or feedback from your experiences. Also I hope this will serve as a discussion for all of us who wants to try this out as well.

Thanks all! Cheers!
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PostPosted: 2011.07.30(Sat)17:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol, so nobody done this before?
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DaleJr
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PostPosted: 2011.08.04(Thu)11:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to do MTS, but decided it is easier to just go buy 2 bags of Miracle grow Organic. Less time.
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PostPosted: 2011.08.04(Thu)12:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

How did that turn out for you? Because the while point of doing mts is to get rid of as much organic aug as possible no?
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PostPosted: 2011.08.08(Mon)12:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

AquaDee wrote:
How did that turn out for you? Because the while point of doing mts is to get rid of as much organic aug as possible no?


PM me and I will send you a link to my album for the 75 dirted. I just soaked the soil for several days before putting in the tank and capping. I waited then another MONTH before I added, my already seeded extra filter) my fish from my 55.

I did also use two bags of Eco Complete, just becuase I already had it.


nm...not sure if this will work
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/members/jasong75-albums-75-planted-community.html
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PostPosted: 2011.08.09(Tue)2:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah I see ... Yeah I can see your tanks. Just started? Smile
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PostPosted: 2011.08.09(Tue)10:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

AquaDee wrote:
Ah I see ... Yeah I can see your tanks. Just started? Smile


Nope, been up since march..no real up to date pics. Still have a ton of plants that I am planning on adding ONCE I find them.
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PostPosted: 2011.10.25(Tue)2:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

This method will work, just don't count on it to feed your plants forever, it will run out, so will have to start dosing at some time down the road.
Another point on what clay to use is research before you dump it in your tank. What we want from the clay is the iron, what we don't want is any silicates, or other chemicals leaking into the water column. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 2011.10.25(Tue)11:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see. Thank you! =D
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