Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: North Mississippi
Considering soil as a substrate
Now that my 5 gallon tank is basically done, I'm thinking about pulling out my 10 gallon and setting it up. I have plenty of flourite left over that I could use as a substrate, but I think soil would look more natural. I have some organic potting soil on hand already, but I wasn't sure if that would be the best thing to use. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly what's in it, but I do know that it has no fertilizers and no vermiculite.
So here's what I'd like to know (for now, at least! haha):
Would organic potting soil make a safe aquarium substrate?
Would it be ok to mix flourite in with that?
What should I do to prepare the soil before adding to the tank? Just mineralize it? (From what I understand, I could do this by putting the soil in a bucket, filling with water, and pouring off the junk that floats to the top. Is that correct?)
If there are any resources out there for dirt-tank newbs like me, please share them! Thanks!