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can you suggest other brands of soil?

i have been searching high and low for miracle gro organic potting mix. i can't seem to find it anywhere. can you suggest other brands of soil i can use under a cap of play sand?

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Hi Mindy. Just use some cheap topsoil, screen it or pick out the twigs and stuff if you want, but it works just fine. I use the cheapest topsoil available to make my mineralized topsoil. Just make sure it has no fertilizers in it and you'll be set.


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No! no! to poo poo LOL That can fall under 'organic materials'
Using 'natural' soils READ the contents on your bag of dirt!
I know it contains dirt,,, (duh),,, but NO COW POO!
Small amounts of chicken poo can work but no! no! moo! moo! .

No chemical agents or slow release additives but it's hard to say 'X' brand because even MGOC can vary by location. Clean top soil works well just try to avoid additives.


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thanks guys.

i will definitely say no to poo! hahaha!

i can't seem to find any soil at the store here that has "natural" or "organic" anywhere on the bag. i am going into town on saturday so i will look there again.

i am not planning to make mineralized top soil. i know i should but i don't know where i could get the supplies for it. i have looked high and low. i can't even get organic potting soil, for goodness sake!

my plan was to use plain soil under the play sand but i was planning to use fertilizer sticks in the soil. i used the nutrafin plant gro sticks in my betta tank and the plants in there are growing very well. i think that i will use these sticks and cap the soil with sand and that will be it. hopefully that will work out well.

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I would not add the fert sticks starting out. Read several threads where folks have added kickers to NPT and all were bad posts. I would start out with soil alone and add the spike if you see a need (maybe 18 months later LOL). 2 NPT tanks here and happy with them.


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thanks

that will save me a few dollars on my next trip into town then. haha!

what is NPT?
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natural planted tank soil substrate


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oh haha! thank you.

did you make mineralized top soil or did you just use soil and that is it?
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I did one tank with MTS the other two dirt tanks are NPT


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If you live in a more rural area, I'm sure you could just dig up your own soil; find a spot that isn't near any houses (avoid pesticides) or farms (avoid fertilizers and pesticides). Probably better than any bag of dirt you could buy, anyways.





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If you live in a more rural area, I'm sure you could just dig up your own soil; find a spot that isn't near any houses (avoid pesticides) or farms (avoid fertilizers and pesticides). Probably better than any bag of dirt you could buy, anyways.
Yeah, it amazes me how many people buy dirt, lol!
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Well... I kinda got to, since only stuff around here is sand... LOL





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Yeah, it amazes me how many people buy dirt, lol!
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Well... I kinda got to, since only stuff around here is sand... LOL
yeah Mac you've seen my thread too (with the boy standing in the hole) algea won't even grow in my stuff without ferts LOL
(but I have a plan hehehehe (evil laugh))


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Well... I kinda got to, since only stuff around here is sand... LOL
Yeah, people in south FL and AZ etc. get a pass.
The other 99% are just lazy or have no concept of nature, gardening, etc.
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