Can't Find My Dirt!
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!