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How will this be for a dirt tank substrate?

I will be using John Innes No. 3 compost

http://www.lovethegarden.com/product...es-no3-compost

as I saw recommended on here with this on top http://www.wickes.co.uk/invt/154051

How much of each would you recommend and would it be good enough?

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1 and 1/2 inches of dirt and about an inch of cap has worked good for me
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Great thanks, any idea how long the dirt will be beneficial to the plants for? and is there anything else I could add to the dirt to improve the quality of it and make it last longer?

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The lable say's "farmyard manure". I don't think I would use it. I'm still kinda new to this. Maybe someone else can explain why not to use this. Ammonia I think.


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I saw that recommended in another thread on here a little while ago buy who I think was a very in the know member......... personally I have no idea lol

If anyone can clear this up it would be great!

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Recommended in post 16 here https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...=182809&page=2
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Great thanks, any idea how long the dirt will be beneficial to the plants for? and is there anything else I could add to the dirt to improve the quality of it and make it last longer?

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From what I have seen, dirt looses its kick after a couple years, but it still continues to grow plants great, albeit, at a slightly lower rate. But the thing about dirt is it continues to use nutrients from fish waste so it never really stops being beneficial to plants. I have seen tanks set up well over five years with the same dirt, and the growth has barely slowed. I don't know if there is anything that will make the dirt last longer, but red clay is extremely beneficial to add to the dirt to give the plants iron.

And I don't know about the dirt your using, but that person in the link you gave seems to have success with it.
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Great, thanks for your help.
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