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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-05-2012, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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whats the cheapest substrate?

title says it
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Dirt from your back yard.
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lol pretty much. Most folks here don't go for what's cheapest. We go for what serves our needs best.
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providing what I consider consistent results so far using alternative materials.
Coal slag based sand blasting media or pool filter sand.
Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix (exact wording on the label)


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Plain old cat litter
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well not old, new. lol But no additives of any kind.
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watch that ammonia spike,,LOLOL
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@ jone...with dirt? I know right! Or with old cat litter? lol
I had the worse month ever after switching to mineralized top soil.
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i want good but cheap not backyard sand or cat litter pets mart carries one substrate is it worth using?
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You asked for the cheapest. FloraMax is not the cheapest. lol For the same price you can get Eco Complete which is preferred by many over FloraMax.
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Listed link, used it, it works, like dirt better LOL.
edit: liked it more than Eco Complete


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If this is for your shrimp tank, I'd get black blasting media and if you are planting rooted plants, grab some root tabs from someone on this site. You'll be in less than the price of that one bag of substrate you linked to and you'll have enough to do a 40B at least.


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will someone link me to the miracle gro soil as i only see garden not potting
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black blasting media where?
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