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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-01-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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free substrate with gravel

I'm moving in a few months and I don't want to go out and buy ecocomplete until after the move.

Right now I have regular inert black gravel and root tabs. Is there anything free or dirt cheap I can do to make my substrate smaller granules? I don't really want to add sand, although I could.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-01-2010, 10:45 PM
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You can start mineralizing topsoil and using it to set up a new tank after your move.
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I'm pretty new to this, how would I start mineralizing topsoil?
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long story short, buy the cheapest topsoil (dirt) you can find at walmart or home depot/lowes (It costs about $1 for a large 40 pound bag). Soak it in a large bin for a few days to remove the pesticides, lay the moist dirt on a tarp to air-dry. Rinse and repeat a few cycles and you can sift out the larger particles (rocks and branches) and it would be good to go!
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