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Question Non-Abrasive Substrate Cap Material?

Setup: Low-tech 3 1/2 gallon

All of the plants I currently plan to use don't need to be planted in soil. Three of the four can be either planted or attached to rocks, ornaments, wood, and so on. The fourth is a moss.

I've been doing a lot of web searches and reading old threads about substrates. I think I would like to go with the Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix for the substrate. I'm in an isolated area, but I'm pretty sure I can get that in the gardening section of the local store.

The big question is what to cap it with. Or does it even need a cap?

If I do need a cap, I need it to be non-abrasive. I have a skin condition that it could flare up, plus it's a plastic tank and I would like to keep scratches down to a minimum.

Other issue is that I only need a small amount. A huge bag of something is overkill and I don't have the space to store it.

To be honest, I'm about to go into desert around me well away from anywhere anyone has ever lived, sift some soil (which has a lot of sand. This is the Arizona desert), sterilize it and be done with it. :P

Any ideas and advice?


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Yes the potting soil need's a cap to prevent mud soup IMHO
I would use fine smooth gravel such as one might find at lawn and garden store or for no more that you say you need,,a small bag of fine gravel from fish store or Walmart.
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Thanks for the idea. I'll look to see if I can find anything at Walmart. No fish store within 75 miles of here.

I'm going out looking at lava rock to use in aquascaping with plants (I know I'll really be getting into that) and will also take a look at the round rocks in the washes. Some nice rocks can appear after a flash flood.


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