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Don't point and laugh.. Miracle gro?

Can you use it in an aquarium? I know it needs to be all organic, but is that ok to use? I was also thinking about putting that down, and then some of the medium size river rocks over it. What do you think? I'd like to do a serious planted tank in that one. Any info will be appreciate.
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Go with Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix. The best cap for it is sand or flourite. Rounder gravels will let it seep through and float up into your tank, creating a mess and messing with your parameters.

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What Monsterfish said. :thumbup:

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Go with Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix. The best cap for it is sand or flourite. Rounder gravels will let it seep through and float up into your tank, creating a mess and messing with your parameters.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...70&pcatid=4870

So this stuff? This is what I was originally going with, but I honestly thought the MG would just be easier and better for plants.
Yay for option A!
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So this stuff? This is what I was originally going with, but I honestly thought the MG would just be easier and better for plants.
Yay for option A!
You can do both! Put the fuorite on top of the miracle grow. General rule is about 3 inches of substrate. No more than 1.5" of MG and the rest fluorite or sand. I just started my first dirt tank and I can't wait to see the results.
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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...70&pcatid=4870

So this stuff? This is what I was originally going with, but I honestly thought the MG would just be easier and better for plants.
Yay for option A!
You can go with that. I personally use Flourite black sand. Though poolfilter/black diamond blasting sand is much cheaper.

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You can't just use that as your substrate? Just that?
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Just the potting mix? You can but you'd have to be careful with water changes, reduce the current from your HOB, and replanting would be a hassle. Also, bottom-dwelling fish would be out of the question and you'd have to wait until dust settles in the tank before you could see anything. Unless you're a glutton for cleaning your tank and you enjoy cloudy water, go with a cap.

Edit: rainbuilder started a dirted tank without a cap. You can try to recreate it I guess, though you'd have to take into consideration the problems that might arise.

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No I meant just the flourite.
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Ah. Yeah you can do that. It has no ferts so you'll have to dose the water column and/or use root tabs.

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Ah. Yeah you can do that. It has no ferts so you'll have to dose the water column and/or use root tabs.
Which substrate has ferts in it? I don't mind dosing it with a liquid but I want the plants to thrive.
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