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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-12-2017, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with substrate for a walstad style tank

I am in the process of setting up a 29 gal tank and want to do it dirted. Last time I had this tank setup I used MGOCPM. Unfortunately I am no longer able to find this locally or online. So now I have to decide on something else. I saw at my local garden centre they had pond soil and they had MIracle grow organic choice GARDEN soil. Which of the two should I use if any or am I better if using topsoil. Just not sure how to mineralized since I live in an apartment buildin now. Also what kinda of cap should I use. Last time I used flourite black sand as my cap. I didn't have any problems with it and had it running for three years. Just wondering what you guy think as I would like to change things up this time.
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I haven't tried the soil method yet myself, but a good place to ask this question would be on the Aquatic Plant Central forums (assuming you haven't already). They have a forum specifically for "El Natural" methods and, I believe, a sticky that discusses suitable soils. Best of luck.
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