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Question about using the substrate calculator

If I wanted to use Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil in my tank, what substrate type do I choose in the substrate calculator since MGOPS isn't an option?
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I don't bother with substrate calculators. With MGOCPM, I determine how deep I need it based on the approx. root size of my plant selection. Also, I always use approx. a 1" cap of Black Diamond, and sift out the sticks and stones with a kitchen strainer.

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Just do the math. It is sold by the quart.
1 quart of soil fills the same volume as 1 quart of water, or 1 quart of anything else. (actually there are some differences, but not enough to matter in this case)

Measure your tank in inches.
Length x Width of the tank x depth of substrate required
Divide by 58 to get quarts or liters.
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