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Question schultz soil

what sort of coverage does a 10lb bag of schultz aquatic soil cover,and how much would i need to cover 15sqft.does anybody know.
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a 10lb bag did my 20 gallon just fine.
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a 10lb bag did my 20 gallon just fine.
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very, very outdated picture 2 days after it was setup.



the orange / clay color takes a little bit of getting used to.
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very, very outdated picture 2 days after it was setup.



the orange / clay color takes a little bit of getting used to.
It's not to bad though,if the forground is carpeted you wouldnt really notice it.
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To be honest, it really depends on how deep you want your substrate to be. A 10lb bag of shultz runs about $7 a bag, which is cheap if you are filling up a big tank.

I used 2 out of 3 bags in my 20g giving me about 3-4" deep substrate.

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In a 2' x 8' x 8" vat I used 6 bags to cover the bottom. Raised a bunch of Anubias just by letting them sit on the Schultz and letting the leaves come out of the water just a bit....Jim (PS, thats 16 sq ft)
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Call around to some garden centers and see if you can find Schultz's "Clay Soil Conditioner". It is exactly the same as Schultz's aquatic soil and comes in a 40# bag. I paid $19.00 for it. Or if you have a Lesco dealer near you they have A product called Soilmaster select that costs less than $20 a bag for a 40 pound bag. It is very simialr to Schultz's.

BTW- I use about 10#'s in a 10 gallon tank.

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I didnt find mine to look as orange as the pics above, however I have no lighting int he tank yet, I got the new canopy today so I will have the lights on tonight, if it looks orange to me i will post. However I have the aquatic soil not the clay soil conditioner but it is the regular pond soil..
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If you want a cheaper, redder, and exactly the same thing get Soilmaster Red or Charcoal for sell by lesco, its $16 for a 50 pound bag.
http://www.Lesco.com
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Cover the soil with a thin layer of black gravel. Since we do not gravel vac, there will be no issues of mixing the substrates.
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I added my lights today and the soil looks brown still and looks good, this stuff holds a ton of air though
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I added my lights today and the soil looks brown still and looks good, this stuff holds a ton of air though
I also noticed a lot of airbubbles after putting it into my tank, to remove it just move your substrate around and you'll see lots of bubbles float up.
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Cover the soil with a thin layer of black gravel. Since we do not gravel vac, there will be no issues of mixing the substrates.

Oh yes they will. If you have a planted tank your gravel will mix to a degree.

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Cover the soil with a thin layer of black gravel. Since we do not gravel vac, there will be no issues of mixing the substrates.
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Oh yes they will. If you have a planted tank your gravel will mix to a degree.

If the top dressed gravel is a larger diameter, it will stay on top. When the smaller stuff is stirred up when replanting, eventually it will drift lower.





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