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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-30-2008, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Mineralized top soil question

I have a question about Mineralizing top soil substrate,

I went to home depot and the only topsoil i could find was EarthGro the natural choice Top Soil.

This is what it says in Ingrediants:

This product is regionally formulated from organic and inorganic materials derived from one or more of the following: peat, forest products, compost, ash, sand or native topsoil.

Is this alright to use? It was the only one there and was 1.79.

Also, when you soak it with water, should you also dechlor the water?

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Go to walmart. You can get plain old top soil there. You don't want "organic" and all of that, it will contain things other than plain old dirt. It should be the cheapest thing at any of those stores.
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Ah, ok.

I thought $1.79 was cheap enough so i bought it xD

I tried soaking it just to see what it would do, and it has froth on top.
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I bought mine for .99 at menards. it shouldn't have anything in it. when you do the washing process it will cause the little wood pieces to float and little rocks to sink. keep looking!

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Arg, i wish i could drive.

I wonder how i will be able to find the potash and dolomite though.

Does anyone have any that they can send me (i'll pay of course)
I need enough for a 5.5 gallon tank so thats barely any... Maybe like 1/8 cup of each?

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If you have hard water which I suspect you do since you live in Florida, you can skip on the dolomite.
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How do you test if you have hard water or not?


it isnt' ph right?
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KH/GH test kits for water hardness.
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hm, i guess i'll have to go to my lfs then. I think they can test it there.

What are good KH/GH so that i would not need dolomite?

I do have well water along with tap but i think thats a bit too hard/unclean.
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when I get mine... I will ship you some. it will be about a week or so before I get mine. but I will send you some.

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Woah thanks!

How much will it be? (you can send pm you want)

Now i just need to find clay but i think i remember seeing a big store called "Old time pottery" near a library.
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hobby lobby, micheal's, and the like all have the clay you need.
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i was reading the other thread on Mineralized mud and i read about how some clay is made with man made polymer so i was just cautious lol.
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Just look for "pottery clay" and not quick set, or fast set. It needs to be the kind that requires firing.
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Ok thanks

Arg, my sister and dad went to michaels today but i didn't go
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