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Hi everbody i stumbled across this thread and (great)forum as im looking to start my first planted aquarium. i have been keeping fish now for 5 years and have decided to take on the task of planting my tank
I have just bought some topsoil and wondering if its the right one its
http://www.cwtls.co.uk/shop/product_...products_id=66

its rich clay loam soil

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Pure soil, with mineral particles called sand, silt and clay are good. Loam is a combination of sand silt and clay in proportions that make the soil easy to work with in the garden. My info is based on US soil service designations, I do not know if they are the same in the UK.

Organic matter, compost, sawdust, peat moss or any similar product is not generally good when you are going with a topsoil sort of substrate. A small amount is not a problem, but more than 25% is way too much. Makes better garden soil, but not aquarium soil.
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Tend to disagree with a large ratio of organics being a problem.
Using potting soil rich in it has proven a good choice in my tanks.


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Tend to disagree with a large ratio of organics being a problem.
Using potting soil rich in it has proven a good choice in my tanks.


Having bred shrimp(hopefully rams soon) in a tank with a ridiculous about of organics I completely agree.
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