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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-04-2019, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Can't Find My Dirt!

Hi, guys.

I've been into aquariums for about five years, and recently had to tear down my 38 and 10 gallon tanks for a move. Long story short, the house is pretty much set up and I've gotten that old familiar itch to set up my aquariums again.

I've always gone for a hybrid dirted tank choked with plants with a few fish in each tank, a couple of snails, and so forth, and I've had excellent results using Miracle Gro Organic Potting Soil. Added bonus, it kicked off my fishless cycle with the amount of ammonia that was released into the water with no added supplements. A month later, my tank's readings were perfect, and I was able to add my fish without a problem. With Christmas coming up, what could be a cheaper gift than a bag of dirt, right?

That being said.... I can't seem to find my old standby ANYWHERE.

I don't want to stray from my old standby, especially when it caps so well with pea gravel and I can plant as many ferns, swords, and grasses as I want.

Does anybody know an actual organic dirt that is aquarium and fish safe? Preferably something that might help me kick off my cycle just like last time?

If not, I don't mind dosing ammonia, but I still need a fish-safe substrate that'll help me grow my plants to their full potential.

Thanks guys. I know you won't let me down!
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I think it got rebranded as Scotts Organic Choice or something like that.

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I think it got rebranded as Scotts Organic Choice or something like that.
Thank you. I'll do a search right now.
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Hi, guys.

I've been into aquariums for about five years, and recently had to tear down my 38 and 10 gallon tanks for a move. Long story short, the house is pretty much set up and I've gotten that old familiar itch to set up my aquariums again.

I've always gone for a hybrid dirted tank choked with plants with a few fish in each tank, a couple of snails, and so forth, and I've had excellent results using Miracle Gro Organic Potting Soil. Added bonus, it kicked off my fishless cycle with the amount of ammonia that was released into the water with no added supplements. A month later, my tank's readings were perfect, and I was able to add my fish without a problem. With Christmas coming up, what could be a cheaper gift than a bag of dirt, right?

That being said.... I can't seem to find my old standby ANYWHERE.

I don't want to stray from my old standby, especially when it caps so well with pea gravel and I can plant as many ferns, swords, and grasses as I want.

Does anybody know an actual organic dirt that is aquarium and fish safe? Preferably something that might help me kick off my cycle just like last time?

If not, I don't mind dosing ammonia, but I still need a fish-safe substrate that'll help me grow my plants to their full potential.

Thanks guys. I know you won't let me down!
Any organic potting soil, top soil, raised bed soil, compost soil, etc is fish safe. What you want to look for is the one with the fewest amount of nutrients possible. Many will list the amount of nutrients in the back of the bag. Diana Walstad was briefly active on this forum and noted that she uses just about anything she could find cheap but preferred soils that had the least amount of nutrients.

Sorry to say but your preferred soil has been discontinued. Thus the reason you can't find it anywhere.
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Think it’s been rebranded to “Perfomance Organics”. You want the garden soil type not container type which has perlite.

You can read back label and content on pg5 of this pdf.

https://www.miraclegro.com/sites/g/f...0_0129_CFL.pdf

Basically just leach/mineralize soil a couple times and your good to go.
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Please let us know how things go. I also run organic soil in all my tanks.

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