Is it okay to use topsoil straight out of the bag without the wetting, drying, and re-wetting part? The tank is a 10g and will have a sand cap.
The soil will be loaded with organic compounds, including things that break down into ammonia. When you boil it you convert those compounds to inorganic ones, containing nitrates. And, soils sold for terrestrial plants are often improved by adding fertilizers, including urea, which breaks down into ammonia. What is great for terrestrial plants isn't necessarily good for aquatic plants and fish.How does boiling affect the soil? And how would worm castings be used?
I found a landscape supply place very near my house, so when I get a chance I'll check it out and see what they have.
i did alot of research on nonmineralized top soil i picked some up but i forgot the name and it had like 3 ingrediants in it.
I talked to a few people on here who done it and helped me in finding what I needed. Then im going to use bonemeal, kelp meal, and greensand as a underlayer and top it off with sand
I think it was kellogs from lowes. Ill get you some pics tomorrow.
Staying around 1" decreases the chance of it going anaerobic. Not going with MS the organics transition from dry emerged decay to a submerged state with less oxygen available for the bacteria. Lots of changes occur during the first month or so then settle out. I used a 1" layer.how thick does the top soil have to be? would 1cu ft be enough for a 55 gallon 4x12'' tank?
Pine bark is harmful to the fish.Why is pine bark bad for aquariums?