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Loam as substrate

I'm not sure if the exact name is loam, it has a different name in my native language and i can't find another word for it. it consists of sand and clay particles smaller than 0,002 mm.

My plan was to mix that with a bag of aquatic potting soil(for pond plants), and then throw another bag of washed sand over it.

I got this idea because loam works miracles with normal plants, the clay tends to absorb nutrients from the fish.

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put the loam in a small container of water first to see what happens. It might be too messy and cloud the water.


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put the loam in a small container of water first to see what happens. It might be too messy and cloud the water.
even when i put a thick layer of sand over it?
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It will work fine. It's sorta like using mineralized top soil. We have river loam in spots here where I live. I've used it in the past and it works well. It's also why I'm surrounded by farms.
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It will work fine. It's sorta like using mineralized top soil. We have river loam in spots here where I live. I've used it in the past and it works well. It's also why I'm surrounded by farms.
I imagine that is excellent soil. I live in the heart of ag country in central Illinois. I have a 20T that I am thinking about planting and if I do the soil I will use for that tank will be river silt.

To the original post, I am using a similar soil, no potting soil, capped with sand and am getting good results thus far.
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even when i put a thick layer of sand over it?
Ah, I thought you were going to use the loam as the cap.


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thanks for the reply everyone, i'll give it a try
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@azazan How is the tank doing? Did the river soil work well for you?

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@azazan How is the tank doing? Did the river soil work well for you?
not too sure actually :P.. its still in progress and everything seems fine except i'm having a hard time with free floating algae.(doubt thats the loams fault though ) My plants really like it though. and the few tester guppies i put in there are fine too, water Parameters are alright.


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My soil is very dark loam, I am the first property at the bottom of the street next to a river.... all the good stuff has percolated downhill to me... Even 1 foot from my property border on the uphill side, it is just red clay :P . If I disturb it a lot, it takes about a day to settle, and then I just clean out the filter.

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My soil is very dark loam, I am the first property at the bottom of the street next to a river.... all the good stuff has percolated downhill to me... Even 1 foot from my property border on the uphill side, it is just red clay :P . If I disturb it a lot, it takes about a day to settle, and then I just clean out the filter.
you use it witouth any topping? can u make a picture :P i'd like to see that


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