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  1. Substrate
    Hi everyone, In short, can I apply the mineralized topsoil approach mentioned by Aaron Talbot here with the miracle gro organic choice potting mix (MGOCPM)? Please continue reading for additional details. I am about to start my first planted tank. :smile2: Upon setting up this tank, I plan to...
  2. Substrate
    I'm getting ready to start my first dirted tank using mineralized topsoil. I wanted to check with the good folks here and make sure I was on the right track. I'm following this guide: www.visual.ly/how-mineralized-soil-substrate This is my shopping list so far. Kellogg Topper Lawn Soil Kellogg...
  3. Substrate
    I'm working my way through a conversion of a 45 tall (36"x12"x24"). I checked out the method on mineralized topsoil, and I'm in the process. About three days in, I started thinking the stuff I got from my nursery was kind of gross and woody. It stinks too. The soil is called Hapi-Grow. What kind...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have been spending a lot of time researching substrates and needless to say i've got questions. First a little info: I will be changing over my 55g to a 75g (48"x 18" footprint). The tank now contains hundreds of cherry shrimp, 7 Amano shrimp, 7 pygmy corys, 1 oto, 1 galaxy rasbora, 1...
  5. Planted Nano Tanks
    So I plan to set up my old 0.5g betta cube as a mineralized top soil tank, but instead of using Aaron Talbot's/Sean Murphy's original route to setting up a MTS tank (link below to said posting). http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=152027 Instead of using Potash, and Dolomite to...
  6. Substrate
    So, I am planning on stripping down and redoing my new-ish tank for unrelated reasons (damn you snails...) and I'm wondering if I should switch from mineralized topsoil topped with sand to Aquasoil topped with sand. The mineralized topsoil has been incredibly messy and every time I dig it up to...
  7. Tank Journals
    29 gallon tank eheim 2215 with hydor 200w inline heater mineralized topsoil capped with pool filter sand pressurized co2 system - reactor 500 with a 5 lb bottle 120 watts cfl 1 55 watt ah supply 3-6-10 and 1 65 watt current dual daylight 10,000k/6,700k 8 hours - 65 watt bulb 4 hours - 55 watt...
  8. Substrate
    Hi all I'm planning to start mineralizing topsoil using these instructions http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/library/52554-how-mineralized-soil-substrate-aaron-talbot.html and it says i should add dolomite as a calcium and magnesium source. I have hard water, with very high GH and KH...
  9. Substrate
    Hi all I just bought a 65g tank and now i have a dilemma about which substrate to use. My NC6 has azoo grower bed which i know is very good, but the label says to replace the substrate every 1.5 years, and seachem flourite is also good, and i thought of using onyx sand but it would be very...
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