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Old 01-22-2014, 06:01 AM   #1
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Right stuff for dirted tank?


Hi, thinking about setting up a dirted tank.
Could you guys tell me if I found right stuff to mix?

First option I'm thinking is...
Top soil, peat moss & cat litter

second option is using miracle glo oraganic potting mix but do I just use this alone? or do I need to mix this with peat moss & cat litter as well?

Anyway, please check the attached pictures to see if these stuffs are safe to use. Thank you very much ^^
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:32 PM   #2
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can anyone verify? thank you
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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I use the miracle grow and add laterite clay to it. You can get fancy and add your peat moss, etc. but it's not really needed. Take your soil and put it in a bucket w/ water - let it set for 3-4 days so the gasses steam off. Then put the mud in your tank, put the clay in, and cover with gravel.
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The MGOCPM has been used by a lot of people with good results. I recently tore down a tank that had used it, been set up for about a year, and just set up another tank using it.

It's fine by itself under a cap. No real reason to add kitty litter - all that has is CEC, which soil also has. No real reason to add peat, there is already likely peat in the MGOCPM, or if not, composted bark/humus/whatever that is close enough.

I just do a real simple set up - sift and then wet the MGOCPM earlier in the day/the day before to give it time to aborb the water.

Put the MGOCPM in the tank, put a cap on, spray pretty heavily with a misting bottle (helps wash the fines down so your tank isn't cloudy on filling), plant (while misting periodically), fill, and start your fishless cycle.
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thank you very much for your input =)
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