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miracle gro performance organics in-ground soil

Anyone know or tried out the Miracle Gro performance organics all purpose in ground soil as the dirt layer in a dirted plant tank?

Ingredients are processed forest products, sphagnum peat moss, peat, rice hulls. Fertilizer is .12% slow releasing available nitrogen from feather meal, soybean meal, and bone meal.
total nitrogen: 0.13%
available phospate: 0.02%
soluble potash: 0.02%

Any ideas if this will work?

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It should work. Last season miracle gro had ecoscraps and natures care which worked fine. It's kinda annoying hiw miracle gro changes their organic brands every year.
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Make sure to run it through a fine sieve first to remove the large particles. The processed forest products are basically chipped bark and wood, which will wreak havoc in an aquarium. I'd also recommend sparingly adding some Osmocote+ for some extra nutrition and 30% by volume of calcined (kiln baked) clay to mitigate compaction and development of significant anaerobic areas. It's very important to make it as easy as possible for root systems to develop in soil zones. Also, be sure to cap it with at least 1 1/2 inch of non-soil substrate material to create an aerobic zone for oxidation of substances solubilized in the anaerobic zones. The calcined clay product would be a good choice for that.

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