Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Get plain topsoil, the cheapest you can find, and that should work. Make sure they haven't added ferts or peat like Rex said and then top the soil with a good layer of gravel.
One of my favorite talks from the AGA convention (Dorothy Reimer) covered a low-tech approach using soil substrate in pots. It might not be the look you're going for, but it does make it quick and easy to rearrange and remove plants without making a mess by stirring up all that soil. Use topsoil, lightly tamp it down, and cover with a layer of gravel. The 4" and 6" ceramic pots work best. Every year or so, repot the plant with new topsoil, unless you're growing Crinium (which need to sit for awhile before they can reproduce). Dorothy uses two 48" bulbs over her tanks, one cool white and one full spectrum. You should have seen the plants she had - they were huge and beautiful!
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