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Potting soil

I googled around for a while and mostly found information on what should be in pond potting soil ie some mix of sand/clay/loam + fertilizer.

I was really just looking for some off the shelf product to use in some cloth pots to use in a container pond. The only aquatic specific products I found were really expensive as they were aquarium substrate. Such as:

Pond Care Aquatic Media
All the usual aquarium substrate Ecocomplete, etc, etc.

I'd have thought there would be something more cost effective to use in bulk for ponds.

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dirt or potting soil with a sand cap (usually pool filter or blasting sand is recommended due to consistent grain size)


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dirt or potting soil with a sand cap (usually pool filter or blasting sand is recommended due to consistent grain size)
Pretty much every Pond guide says not to use potting soil. I should have made the title Pond Soil not potting soil.

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I have found 'pond soil' at a local nursery, but it wasn't exactly cheap. It was mainly a mix of sand and silt. For a cheaper DIY I would look into some of the threads on "mineralized topsoil" in the substrate section.


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I use organic topsoil capped with pool filter sand in an outdoor pond. Works great!
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I see people use kid pools and such as frag tanks for growing out plants. Top soil capped in sand works well for them.


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I have been using decomposed granite (DG) for all my planters in the koi pond. Cheap and effective. Natural fertilizer from koi but I do add root tabs the first time I plant or replant water lilles

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If this pond is going to have a few fish in it I'd skip the topsoil. I'd use washed river sand or pool filter sand and maybe a few Osmocote+ granules for better mix of full nutrients. Be aware that O+ has more Phosphorus than aquatic plants need, which may trigger an algae bloom.

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