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06-25-2013 04:33 PM
AntiSoberSam
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Originally Posted by Stone454 View Post
I have used miracle grow organic in four of my tanks and it has worked just fine, and lots of people say to cap with pool filter or play sand, I have tried those and I did not like either, those types of sand are usually mined somewhere close to where you live and you never really have a clue what they will do to your water, in my case it made my ph rise to such a dark purple on the test kit it looked black basically, I would suggest using black diamond blasting sand if you are looking to save a bit of money you can get it for like 8 bucks for a 50 pound bag and looks as nice if not better than the black sand that is sold for aquarium use,I will pretty much use it from now for all of my tanks
Awesome. I want to cap the potting soil with black sand anyway and blasting sand won't be as easily disturbed as the fine stuff. Win!
06-25-2013 02:47 PM
Stone454 I have used miracle grow organic in four of my tanks and it has worked just fine, and lots of people say to cap with pool filter or play sand, I have tried those and I did not like either, those types of sand are usually mined somewhere close to where you live and you never really have a clue what they will do to your water, in my case it made my ph rise to such a dark purple on the test kit it looked black basically, I would suggest using black diamond blasting sand if you are looking to save a bit of money you can get it for like 8 bucks for a 50 pound bag and looks as nice if not better than the black sand that is sold for aquarium use,I will pretty much use it from now for all of my tanks
06-25-2013 02:12 PM
AntiSoberSam
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Originally Posted by hambone870 View Post
go get a bag of miracle grow organic choice potting mix from your local hardware store

you can screen out some of the larger wood pieces if you choose, I just rip the bag and pour

soak it, cap it, fill with water

be prepared to do a few big water changes as it will leach tannins for the first week or so
Is miracle grow organic the best as far as potting soil goes for a planted tank? I don't mind spending a little more if there is something better. Thanks for the info!
06-25-2013 01:12 PM
hambone870 go get a bag of miracle grow organic choice potting mix from your local hardware store

you can screen out some of the larger wood pieces if you choose, I just rip the bag and pour

soak it, cap it, fill with water

be prepared to do a few big water changes as it will leach tannins for the first week or so
06-25-2013 11:59 AM
AntiSoberSam
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Originally Posted by Shawn123 View Post
Make sure you do some research here on the forum, there is a process you have to do to the soil to get it ready to go in the tank.
Thanks for the heads up! I've been reading and reading lol. So much info and opinions. More reading = less noob mistakes! Gonna be a few weeks before I get this 55g up and running. Gotta get my 25g under control first.
06-25-2013 04:57 AM
Shawn123 Make sure you do some research here on the forum, there is a process you have to do to the soil to get it ready to go in the tank.
06-25-2013 04:26 AM
AntiSoberSam
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Originally Posted by Shawn123 View Post
I think you actually have to get the organic because the other stuff has added fertilizer that isn't fish safe.
Thanks! I wondered about that. I prefer Organic anyway.
06-24-2013 12:00 AM
Shawn123 I think you actually have to get the organic because the other stuff has added fertilizer that isn't fish safe.
06-23-2013 06:00 PM
AntiSoberSam Would Organic potting soil be any more beneficial to the plants than regular potting soil?
06-23-2013 05:51 PM
AntiSoberSam
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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
No, you can't cap it without the sand settling to the bottom.

There's really no reason to cap Aquasoil. It's meant to be used as a stand-alone substrate (optional additives notwithstanding).

If you want to cap something with sand, just use potting soil.
I only wanted to cap it for aesthetic reasons. I guess potting soil will work just fine then
06-23-2013 02:17 PM
somewhatshocked No, you can't cap it without the sand settling to the bottom.

There's really no reason to cap Aquasoil. It's meant to be used as a stand-alone substrate (optional additives notwithstanding).

If you want to cap something with sand, just use potting soil.
06-23-2013 02:20 AM
AntiSoberSam
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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
There is no need to cover/cap Aquasoil with anything.
But you can cap it? Lets say with black sand.
05-21-2013 01:26 PM
somewhatshocked If you're new to the hobby, you'll want to do a couple forum searches here to learn how to cycle your aquarium when using ADA Aquasoil Amazonia. You're going to have high levels of ammonia and will likely need to do at least a few water changes over the course of 4-6 weeks before you put any fish in your tank.

While it sounds complicated, it's not. Just means you won't have to add an ammonia source to cycle. Once the initial cycling process is completed, your tank will be well-established and healthy for livestock. Since Amazonia is a nutrient-rich substrate, you won't have to use root tabs for at least a few years.
05-21-2013 01:00 PM
Ellianna
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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
There are all kinds of calculators online to help you determine how much Aquasoil you'll need. But I think two 9L bags of ADA Amazonia would be plenty for your tank. You may even have a little bit left over.

There is no need to cover/cap Aquasoil with anything.

ahh, thank you so much!
05-21-2013 12:43 PM
somewhatshocked There are all kinds of calculators online to help you determine how much Aquasoil you'll need. But I think two 9L bags of ADA Amazonia would be plenty for your tank. You may even have a little bit left over.

There is no need to cover/cap Aquasoil with anything.
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