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Topsoil for Mineralized Soil

They most common topsoil I can find locally is this....http://www.lowes.com/pd_290602-446-7...ductId=3030807

The description says this... "Consistent texture, with no rocks or sticks. Premium blend of organic materials plus peat moss for improved root development."

Would this work or has anyone used this for MTS?

Everything else seems to have too much extras in it.


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Anyone have experience with it? Here are the ingredients on the bag. Does this sound right?

"Ingredients: This product is regionally formulated with organic materials (derived from one or more of the following: peat, composted forest products, aged rice hulls or compost) and Sphagnum Peat Moss.

In California this product is formulated with composted forest products and Sphagnum Peat Moss."

I'm in Florida so the California ingredients obviously don't apply to me.


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Sorry no help on that one. I used Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Soil 32 Qt. (dry) bag was $8.00 and I used nearly the bag for a one inch layer in a 55g tank. It’s full of organics as the name implies but no chemical ferts. Very little in the way of sticks or bark pieces in the bag I bought. (less than a cup full)


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I think usually the cheap top soil is used which is basically just dirt. But as long as there is no chemicals or some stinky animal fertalizer you should be good. Here is a link to the how to make mineralized top soil
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...on-talbot.html

This is what I have in my tank and it's great, after almost a year I still use almost no ferts in my 10g.


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I don't see why it would not work. I know Legomaniac uses something like this and his plants grow like crazy.
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What about using this as the top soil ?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermicompost


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What about using this as the top soil ?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermicompost


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The reason why I asked about my particular topsoil is because that is pretty much the only topsoil available locally for mineralization.


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You want just soil. Nothing added. This has peat added.
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I can't find just soil...it is near impossible and the dirt outside my house is no where close to suitable.


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Ok, nevermind. New plan. I found a place called the Bushel Stop near my house that just sells all lanscaping supplies from stones to sands to dirt. I bought a 40lb bag of topsoil from them for a 1.99 The guy said it contains no added ferts or manure. It is pretty much just dirt with a bit of sand mixed in which he also said are the two main ingredients in top soil. They even sell just fill dirt as well if you want to fill up a truck of it. He said this top soil is pretty much just dirt. I guess I finally found the right stuff. Well, I guess I can start mineralizing and hopefully get good results.


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Just got done putting it into two 5 gallon buckets to soak. Of course there were some big sticks in there but mostly seemed to be good ol' dirt. When I opened the bag, there was no horrible or musky smells coming from the dirt. Once out of the bag the dirt had its normal dirty smell, as if you were to go smell dirt in your backyard. I feel good about this new brand of topsoil I discovered today.


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If I have a rainy day, wouldn't using a fan help with drying indoors or does it have to just naturally sit and dry?


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From what Sean has told me, it's heat that's the key. As in sun heat. I'm going to start my batch next week, weather.com says we'll have 7 days of sun, taking bets?
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Well I can put them outside cause I'm in south florida and its getting warmer now but I'm in a townhome and dont have a back yard or front yard. Only a porch that is shaded. Ugh...I dont know!


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