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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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help organic peat free compost

would this be suitable for a planted tank substrate if it was capped???
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Appearance: Coarse bark/timber blend
Odour: Slight woody odour
PH: 6.0-6.5
Solubility in water: Insoluble
Chemical characterisation of active components: Composted bark, timber residues, green
waste, limestone and nutrients, including
hoof and horn, rock phosphate,
Vinasse and bonemeal.

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40 gallon dirt tank
5 Gallon planted bonsai dirt tank
1 Bearded Dragon ''Spyro''
Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
1 Veiled Chameleon '' Yoshi''
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i am using organic peat free compost too havent run into any problems yet no algae etc
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I'll bet there would be a lot of tannins!

In general I have seen more posts saying not to use such material (timber waste). The visible bark and wood is not very good. But if georgedoge is using the exact material (brand name and product) that you are asking about, go for it!

The various organic sources of fertilizers (bone meal, hoof & horn) tend to be long lasting when used in the garden because they need to be composted before the nutrients become available to the plants. I do not know how this will be affected by being under water. Less oxygen, but no chance to dry out.
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i am no professional, is my first tank, i have started to notice blue green stuff on substrate and water is quite cloudy, but hey apart from that i am good
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I would remove any bark/wood pieces. They'll cause anaerobic spots in your tank.

Simply add water to your soil in a container. The woody bits will float. Simply skim or decant the bloating bits off.


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The problem with the product being discussed is that it is ALL organic matter. No soil. It is forestry by products (sawdust, chips, small sticks or whatever). With some organic fertilizers.
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