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top soil

can i make topsoil?
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Yes... There are a bunch of threads about making what is called Mineralized Topsoil aka MTS. They will be helpful. Good luck with it.

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I cant tell which are good and which are bad
could you show me an example of a good one please
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can i use sphagnum peat moss
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Read through this and you'll be a top soil genius in no time....https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...substrate.html

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Organic Soil
can it have fertilizers or no do i find one with no fertilizers
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why are you supposed to add root tabs?
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You'll get better answers if you ask those questions in that thread. There are probably several people subscribed to that thread that know the answers you're asking.
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it raised quite a few more questions than it answered

i dont understand how root tabs are needed in the begining
and it says were trying to make silt but also says silt like top soil is bad
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i made my MTS using soil from my yard adding crushed cuttlebone and epsom salts and capped with black gravel i havent added any root tabs and i have been seeing some great growth.

There are a lot of people in this hobby who will tell you that you absolutely cannot do something simply because it is not generally done. Over the years i have done a lot of things that you "cant do" sometimes the naysayers are right but generally i have had no troubles.


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can i use organic topsoil if it has fertilizers as long as i mineralize it
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the mineralizing process theoretically turns all organic matter into its mineral components.

From what i understand people use organic topsoils without mineralizing but you run a greater risk of an algae bloom due to the availability of the nutrient in the organic compounds, mineralizing tries to prevent this by breaking it down first making it less soluble and therefore not available so rapidly

thats how i understand it anyway
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