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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-06-2018, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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What soil to use for planted aquarium

Am thinking of setting up a planted tank next week tank size is 4 feet can anyone suggest which dirt I must use, I dont wanna use aquarium soil as it is expensive

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I couldn't find the Miracle Gro Organic one, so I used Nature's Care Organic.

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In my opinion, it's not worth cutting corners on three things: QT'ing all animals, lighting, and soil for plants.

You generally get what you pay for, especially in fish aquarium keeping.

Eco Complete gets my vote.
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You can use Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix.

May want to make a homemade sieve so you can remove most of the twigs and larger stuff so you won't have too much decomposing going on.

Just remember with dirt - it is really hard to move plants around once they get rooted in as it'll cause a big mess - have a siphon ready! Also, dirt will reach a point where all its usable nutrients get exhausted so you will have to supplement with root tabs at that point on.

Been doing dirt for 3 years now and my plants love the stuff - all low tech.

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