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Just wondering if anyone has tried using the mineralized top soil without the clay, dolomite, and muriate of potash and had successful results.
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I think that would be pretty much the same as using a regular soil base. Can't say I've tried it personally, though.





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I used river silt, a high clay silty soil, which I mineralized, without the muriate of potash or dolomite. I did, as I recall, pour some mulm on a very thin layer of ground peat at the bottom. It was the best substrate for growing plants that I have used. And, it was topped with SMS. I mixed SMS with the river silt for a middle layer, to make the transition less sudden, and topped it with over an inch of SMS.

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I did the mineralized soil a little different. I added special kitty liter, sand and sphagnum moss in place of clay, potassium sulfate, calcium sulfate, and baking soda. My water is very soft thus baking soda is a must for my tank. I have found I have to dose with flourish comprehensive daily to keep the Hygro pink. I am planning to tear the tank down and add natural charcoal to it. Something ZerOzax did. To speed up the process I am going to let new dirt soak in bucket for a few weeks with aeration. Tis something I read someone whom sells it did. If I knew what I know now I would have used fertilome seed staring dirt as legomaniac89 did and just added potassium sulfate, calcium sulfate and baking soda, to the dirt.
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if you use mineralized soil without those addatives, you'll need to dose those addatives. (if your tank is high tech)

the clay is a good source for iron, but more important it is a binding agent for the soil to keep it out of your water column.


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Did you read the sticky on mineralized substrate? There you can find experiences of a few have used it.
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