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09-26-2011 02:22 AM
MsNemoShrimp
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Originally Posted by Bahugo View Post
I rinse off the dirt just so it's off, but I used Miracle grow organic in a fish tank before capped with playsand with no ill effects to livestock. I've planted hc in my shrimp tank that still had some tiny clumps of MG on the roots and had no ill effects on livestock. I'm pretty sure treetom uses mg organic as a base in his shrimp tanks if I'm not mistaken.
Great to know. Thank you for your input.
09-23-2011 06:10 PM
Bahugo
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Originally Posted by NeoShrimp View Post
Oh wow! Very good to know. They have many varieties I think, is it anything else in particular other than just MG Organic? I assume you still have to really wash w/e plant you used to grow in it thoroughly prior to putting it in an established tank huh?
I rinse off the dirt just so it's off, but I used Miracle grow organic in a fish tank before capped with playsand with no ill effects to livestock. I've planted hc in my shrimp tank that still had some tiny clumps of MG on the roots and had no ill effects on livestock. I'm pretty sure treetom uses mg organic as a base in his shrimp tanks if I'm not mistaken.
09-23-2011 05:50 PM
MsNemoShrimp
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Originally Posted by Bahugo View Post
Miracle grow organic is like 4$ and will fill several emersed setups... I have great growth with glosso and HC.
Oh wow! Very good to know. They have many varieties I think, is it anything else in particular other than just MG Organic? I assume you still have to really wash w/e plant you used to grow in it thoroughly prior to putting it in an established tank huh?
09-23-2011 03:57 AM
Bahugo Miracle grow organic is like 4$ and will fill several emersed setups... I have great growth with glosso and HC.
09-23-2011 03:43 AM
gordonrichards That is a good website! That price is decent!

Nice find!

-Gordon
09-23-2011 02:00 AM
jkan0228 Is it this one? http://www.wayfair.com/Hagen-Fluval-...9&PiID=6225289
09-20-2011 04:19 AM
MsNemoShrimp Is that the link for how to prepare the emersed with topsoil or just to buy the cheap stratum?

Anyone use any coco-peat moss under the substrates?
09-18-2011 08:47 AM
jkan0228 Please pm me when you do find it.
09-18-2011 05:11 AM
gordonrichards I have to find the website.

I got three bags for under $100.00, shipping was about $20.00 though, for me it seemed like a good deal for that much substrate. I still have two bags :^)

Setting up another rack this week and I'm putting it to good use!

Cook it. Smell goes away. Will be fine, the only bacteria you'll introduce will be ones on your hands/plants and in water. Cleaner environment, though still not sterile.

If you start seeing fungus/black mold or bugs watch out, you didn't cook it long enough!

-Gordon
09-17-2011 08:40 AM
MsNemoShrimp Have anyone tried cooking their topsoil before usage here?

If so does the smell go away and be ok to grow plants emersed in the bedroom then?
09-15-2011 10:42 PM
jkan0228 I saw big als for 37$ for 17.6 kg but they're outta stock.
09-15-2011 09:14 PM
Jeffww
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Originally Posted by jkan0228 View Post
I think you'll have lots of fun with emerged hc and ug. I also really like plant stratum.
But Gordon, where did you find 33$ for 17.7lbs???
That's the standard price for like 8 kilos.
09-15-2011 06:02 AM
jkan0228 I think you'll have lots of fun with emerged hc and ug. I also really like plant stratum.
But Gordon, where did you find 33$ for 17.7lbs???
09-15-2011 04:42 AM
MsNemoShrimp Thanks Gordon. I will have to see what my LFS sells them for, the plant stratum. Will the oven get rid of the smell too?

PS: We are planning to grow these under our study tables in our bedroom so if any substrate that is potentially harmful if exposed to for a prolonged period of time (inhaling it), please warn us!
09-15-2011 02:28 AM
gordonrichards Ovens will kill off bacteria, insects and crap. Why not cook that top soil before using it?

Use plant stratum, 17.7 pound bags are about $33 each. Only difference between shrimp and plant stratum is the size of the balls.

-Gordon
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