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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-20-2012, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Right Top Soil?

After finding out john deere wants $29.99 per 50lb bag turface I went top soil hunting and found 2 place near where I live. The first place don't do bucket sale so I went with the 2nd place. Dude charge me $2 per 5g bucket.

The problem is the soil doesn't look like right but I got them anyways.
Can someone tell me if this Soil is The Right Stuff.

Look brown maybe duh to the soil was being out in the sun being dry.
Soil look muddy when wet like Soil I would use in a Mud Fighting Pool
Something my Snapping Turtle will love digging in.
Soil has been Screen but there a lot of rocks/small stone.

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That looks good to me. Are you sure it isn't chocolat pudding?

Do a few wet and dry cycles, until it doesn't smell bad when damp, and add the small amount of clay, dolomite and potash and you should have good mineralized top soil.

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The soil has clays in it since I can roll them up into balls.

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How would u do water changes with that substrate
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you cap it with sand or any Substrate you like.
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i just suck water out of my tank and fill it (slowly, or onto rocks, to avoid dirt in the water column)

i used a gravel cap (with MGOCPM dirt) so sometimes i put the hose a half inch away from the gravel to pick up anything on it, without disturbing it..seems to be working fine
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