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Is this right for Mineralized soil setup??

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I am working through the How-To sticky for a mineralized soil substrate, and am unsure if I have the correct dolomite/potash. I will attach some pics as there are no details on the back of the bags

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I think my top soil is pretty good. Got it from a landscape supplier and he gave it to me for free . It has been screened which is handy, but is sandy? The hint about a pottery supplier meant the clay was the easiest.

This is my first planted tank attempt, so thanks in advance for any help!!
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When I did mine, I used Muriate of Potash. The Sulfate of Potash may work, but just from the title I would assume you will also have sulfur/sulfates included in the mixture.
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K2SO4, is sulphate of potash, and plants use some sulphates so it might work better than KCl. I haven't tried it though. But, lots of people dose it for potassium.

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Cool, I will have a look around for Muriate of potash but will go with what I've got if I have no luck. Any ideas on the Dolomite??

Here is a pic of my tank and where it will be positioned,

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Its a standard 3foot tank and I have got a 96W T5 with a Catalina products (which I have never heard of ) 10,000K Ultra-sunlight bulb.

A few questions for anybody

Enough light?

Would it be worth putting a power head at the other end of the tank to get some flow going?

I have not really thought about scaping or plants, but as its open to both sides, maybe a good hunk of driftwood on the left to hide some gear and tall plants at that end, and lowers plants on the right. Any ideas on plants that would be suitable/for a newbie ?? (would prefer a lower variety and get them going really well!)

Thanks again! Man wish it was sunny to hurry up the drying process!!
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Thought I would add a pic of Potash and Dolomite (may help). Finer powder is Dolomite Lime and other is the Sulphate of potash

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Thanks for the help

Went to a massive farm fertilizer supplier today and got both the Muriate of Potash and Dolomite no probs!

Everyone was picking up truckloads, so he just said help yourself. So all I need is the weather to get better so my soil will hurry up and dry!!
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if your tank is viewable on both sides, you should try an iwagumi style tank.
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I'd use the potash of sulfur (K2SO4), it'll dissolve much slower than the KCL(potash of muriate).

You can also add a little bit to the water column once the tank is set up etc.
Might see if you get the KNO3, KH2PO4 from the same farm supplier also.
Then you can sell it to local plant folks and have a lifetime supply.

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