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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-23-2012, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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I do a lot of organic apartment gardening and I make my own soil instead of purchasing a mass produced organic blend.
The base is Sphagnum peat and then added earthworm castings, kelp meal, neem meal, crab shell meal, alfalfa meal, soft rock phosphate, organic rice hulls, dolomite lime, oyster shell meal, glacial rock dust, and thermal compost. I was wondering if it'd be possible to use this mixture as a dirt base in a planted tank.
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Yes if you take some appropriate measures.

1-1.5" sand cap, don't get all hung up on worrying about it compacting that just is not an issue. I believe the "seal" effect is helpful in allowing a high organic substrate to work efficiently.

Use established filter media in you filter.

Plant very heavy immediately. Use fast growth rate floaters like Hornwort and/or water lettuce. They can be eliminate once you reach a balance point.

Weekly water changes
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