Don't point and laugh.. Miracle gro?
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Substrate


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-09-2012, 05:54 AM   #1
Ljk09
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: KY
Posts: 87
Default

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.
Ljk09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-09-2012, 06:03 AM   #2
Monster Fish
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (35/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 2,964
Default

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.
__________________
5.5 gallon grass tank|5.5 gallon Rili tank
RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112
Monster Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 06:08 AM   #3
cableguy69846
Planted Tank Guru
 
cableguy69846's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 4,986
Default

What Monsterfish said. :thumbup:

Sent from my phone via my job's wifi, most likely.
__________________
The Fraternity of Dirt #39
Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech

Cable's Madness
Fish tanks are like cups of coffee, one is never enough.
"What the smeggin smeg's he smeggin' done now?!" - Lister
cableguy69846 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 06:13 AM   #4
Ljk09
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: KY
Posts: 87
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Monster Fish View Post
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!
Ljk09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 06:17 AM   #5
Gooberfish
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Gooberfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 321
Send a message via AIM to Gooberfish
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ljk09 View Post
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 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.
Gooberfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 06:18 AM   #6
Monster Fish
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (35/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 2,964
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ljk09 View Post
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.
__________________
5.5 gallon grass tank|5.5 gallon Rili tank
RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112
Monster Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 06:28 AM   #7
Ljk09
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: KY
Posts: 87
Default

You can't just use that as your substrate? Just that?
Ljk09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 06:38 AM   #8
Monster Fish
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (35/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 2,964
Default

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.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh....php?p=2034904
__________________
5.5 gallon grass tank|5.5 gallon Rili tank
RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112

Last edited by Monster Fish; 10-09-2012 at 06:44 AM.. Reason: added something
Monster Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 06:45 AM   #9
Ljk09
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: KY
Posts: 87
Default

No I meant just the flourite.
Ljk09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 06:46 AM   #10
Monster Fish
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (35/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 2,964
Default

Ah. Yeah you can do that. It has no ferts so you'll have to dose the water column and/or use root tabs.
__________________
5.5 gallon grass tank|5.5 gallon Rili tank
RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112
Monster Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 06:56 AM   #11
Ljk09
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: KY
Posts: 87
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Monster Fish View Post
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.
Ljk09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 07:10 AM   #12
Monster Fish
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (35/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 2,964
Default

ADA Aquasoil. Be prepared to spend a lot for it.
__________________
5.5 gallon grass tank|5.5 gallon Rili tank
RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112
Monster Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012