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substrate??????

ok i live on the lake could i just get dirt/silt from my lake or is that a bad idea?
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The lake substrate could contain bacteria that could be harmful in your tank. If you boil it really well with a lot of water changes it should be safe. But then you pretty much destroy anything that releases nutrients in the dirt/silt.

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You could dry it out and it would probably kill any bad stuff. Put it in a disposable aluminum cookie sheet and lay it out in the sun.
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living animal invertebrates and crustaceans in the dirt will die and rot and cause ammonia spikes not a good idea hope this helps

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ok ill pass on the lake substrate thanks
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i use kiln dried sand in my tanks with no probs gd luck

40 gallon dirt tank
5 Gallon planted bonsai dirt tank
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Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
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living animal invertebrates and crustaceans in the dirt will die and rot and cause ammonia spikes not a good idea hope this helps
People use dirt that probably has living stuff in it and it could also cause an ammonia spike. I think if you let it dry rinse it sift it have it in the tank and do water changes it would be fine. If every one goes and gets stuff at the store there will be no variety between tanks. We would all have pool filter sand and black diamond and eco complete. Just the other weak I went down to a creek and got some sand from a dry sand bank and washed it and it is fine.
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I think people worry too much about introducing pathogens. (but then, maybe that's just cause I never connected a problem to something I introduced without boiling/bleaching...)

I'd be more worried about raising carbonates or something. It depends a lot on your area, and whether or not the sediment is local or imported...
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