I was going to wait until I got it all finished, Ill just add to the thread if need be. I'm on my 5th dry cycle of the top soil which surprisingly has never really had a bad odor to it.
Home Depot has a very nice soil, clean and cheap, labeled as Beauty Grows Texas friendly topsoil. Its from Organics by Gosh, while I didnt contact them to get specifics on the soil there info is listed on their site. I believe it has been posted here or at least I saw it in the 9 million posts I've read through. http://www.organicsbygosh.com/products/soils/top-soil
I just spoke to a very nice lady at Armadillo clay in south Austin and her husband was familiar with aquariums and clay. They recommended their Red Art clay and I heard him say, just let him know that it will increase turbidity http://www.armadilloclay.com/rawmate...asicclays.html
I'm assuming that I can use the same Potassium Chloride that I put in my water softener, also found at Home Depot. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
My local nursery also carries Muriate of Potash in a 4lb bag for $8.99 if that isn't the same as the mortons. It can be found here if your local nursery doesn't have it. http://www.mcintiresgarden.com/
I previously worked for a silica mine that has a Dolomite mine in Cleburn Texas. While I'm sure that I could get plenty of the stuff I found Dolomite powder at my local Vitamin Shoppe. http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/e...jsp?id=KA-1135
I choose to go with the Blast Sand that AquaTek carries since I've set up tanks in the past and like the look. It's a very fine gravel and looks natural.
Home Depot obviously has the other supplies that will help you through the process. Large container for soaking soil, Screen made from scrap wood, Chicken wire, Nylon screening material, and Large plastic tarp
Sorry if this is already known or up on the board, I wasn't able to find it and figured Id save someone else the legwork.