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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-06-2010, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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Is this Top Soil Safe?

I'm about ready to setup a new tank using a topsoil as the first layer and the top layer will be flourite. This tank will be an emersed growth tank for about 1.5-2 months with HC.

I'm wondering if this soil will be fine to use it says organic also? This is the one i purchased but haven't opened it yet incase i shouldn't use it. It says the contents are:
  • 50% Cedar Grove Compost screened to 1/2" and 50% sand.
  • No animal waste, sludge or other amendments are added.
  • Bulk product screened to 1/2" inch.
http://www.cedar-grove.com/products/topsoil.asp

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-06-2010, 12:32 PM
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Sounds like it will be fine as a bottom layer (I'd recommend using 3/4" depth of it). You may still have slight ammonia spikes a couple months after flooding the emersed set-up since there are some chunks in there (1/2" sceened), but not likely to be a HUGE problem, IME.
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Well that is kinda scary, i decided to take it back and i went and bought some turface i'm going to mix with my flourite.
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Compost under water is not usually a good idea. Glad you took it back.
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