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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question bonsai soil ?

at my local garden centre they sell koyto bonsai soil and its quite cheap , i was wondering could i use this in a planted nano im about to set up as it would save me alot of money. it would just be used as a base and then geo system over the top , any thaughts will be greatly appriciated

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what is the nutrient/minerals content?
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There are several types of bonsai soil, one is based on a fired red clay and the other is more of a volcanic pumice sort of thing. The former is Akadama and the latter is Kyodama. I have had good results in tanks using akadama. It is kind of like turface or sms, ie a fired clay. It has no big nutrients of its own but has good cec. I do not know which variety you are concerned about but a mix of the two may be better then akadama alone. I would cap it with a different substrate as it tends to packl down and fall apart in about 18-24 months. You may have some issues with cloudiness. There are many different brands, Ithink the one you are referring to is more likely to be Kyoto not Koyto. Do a google search on bonsai soil or akadama and aquarium and you will find some useful links.
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well i got some some today and im gonna try
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I dont see any issue with using it depending on the chem composition.

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Nice link there "wearsbunnyslippers" a very nice summary of Akadama at that link.
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