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Garden Soil?

Can I use garden soil in my planted tanks?

won't this cloud the water?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-03-2012, 11:39 AM
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you have to cap it with something else


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Yes, 2" of dirt 1" of sand.

Rinse the sand clean with water 1st.

Plant heavily and use seasoned filter media if you can.
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Make sure to use an organic potting soil if possible. Although people do use stuff like Miracle grow, I wouldn't. Organic choice sold at Lowes is a good choice.(cheap too )

"One generation plants the tree, the next generation gets the shade"
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I read the OP to be out of the ground from Op's yard.

Yes, that will work see my Toxic Ten link.
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I just read that Toxic Ten thread. You just proved there that plants grow in dirt, even dirt that contains lots of stuff dirt usually contains. Maybe that's why the planet has lots of growing plants in and out of the water????

It makes me wonder why I bother paying for substrates.

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Hoppy - Such a simple idea, isn't it?

Anyone that has ever pulled a Water Lilly out of a pond will never forget the stench of the muck it's roots can from. Yet people insist that plants can NOT grow in an Organic heavy substrate with anaerobic bacteria.
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Thank you for all your replies

I am getting really optimistic and excited to try this out
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