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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2014, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hoffman Water Gardening Soil

Has anybody used this under a sand top cap? From the information I can gather it would appear to be safe to use in an aquarium but then again, I am a noob. Anyone who has tried this? Anyone ever heard of it? Know anything about it? Looking at it, do you think it would work? Benefit the plants? Stay in place under a sand top cap? My favorite local fish store sells it(they also do pond supplies). Here is a link to the listing on their website. http://www.aquariumconnection.com/detail.php?ID=36153 I have googled it in multiple ways and could find no other information on it. It would appear via a tiny percentage of Google hits that someone somewhere has tried it in a planted aquarium but I couldn't find any information as to any results of such use. Once again, this noob comes humbly asking for any wisdom and insight anyone can provide. Thanks for any help.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2014, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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So, according to an outline of the Walstad method of setting up a planted tank I found, one of the recommendations for substrate is the use of a "non-sterile aquatic pond soil", if available, capped with sand. I guess that this Hoffman Water Gardening Soil would fit the bill. Thoughts?
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I have something similar in my 46 bowfront. It's a clay, and it holds the plants down pretty well. It's safe to use.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2014, 08:41 PM
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I wouldn't call it "pond soil" however. It is washed, clean clay. Soil connotates that it has organics in it, which this does not.
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