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Old 07-30-2009, 10:10 AM   #141 (permalink)
 
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I read through post of this thread, i have some simple question.

When you plant do you just move the cap layer to the side and plat in the soil then cover it up? Does it not get all mixed up? and do you not worry about cleaning the sunbrate when doing water changes?
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:38 AM   #142 (permalink)
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When I clean my tank that has dirt as gravel, I see debris settle where there is no water flow. (behind plants, wood, and ect.)To clean it I use my hand to make a flow of water to move the garbage that has settled, and let my filter pick it up.(I do it repeatedly) Thats what I do but im really not sure if thats thats right way. I also learned that the dirt makes the garbage on the bottem food for the plants.
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How do you do such a fine job at pruning you plants? What is your secret? Thank you for answering all the other questions, because im learning alot! I think I have to give it a try with the soil.
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Cant find dolomite anywhere. Will dolomitic limestone powder work instead? Also found some reef tank stuff, which had Ca and Mg Chlorides in it. I am affraid it will dissolve very fast.
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I managed to find some $2 (singapore dollars) bags of soil. The lady at the store called it topsoil. It's dark brown, slightly moist but upon close examination you can see that it's grainy. I don't see much sticks and stuff though.

When I called them again for further clarification, they informed me that what they called "topsoil" was actually their own "mix" of soil and included things like fertilizers, compost, cocopeat etc. What they sold me they called "mix soil" which is a mix of burnt soil and black soil. They told me that this "mix soil" is similar to what you dig up from the ground and comes with no other additives. They just mix it themselves instead of digging it up. It is also good enough in nutrients to grow stuff like bamboo, bouganvillea flowers etc. So did I get the right thing?

edit: Would appreciate some advice on this asap I'm trying to redo my tank on an upcoming long weekend (public holiday) that is 3 weeks from today, so I need to start mineralizing within the next 2 days!

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Old 09-19-2009, 03:25 PM   #146 (permalink)
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I bought top soil from homer depot and all it was, sand and mulch; I strained most of the heavy particulates and I ended up with pure sand.. disappointing...
Did it look like this? This is the end result of some Treeline brand soil sold at HD and Lowes, supposedly all natural but had a ton of wood chips. Looks to me like nothing but sand and whatever wood slips through the screen. I wasted a whole month?



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Just registered to thank you for the informative article, Aaron. I'm looking at getting back into the hobby after a brief absence and the cost of the substrates marketed at planted aquariums always seemed ridiculous - hundreds of dollars for dirt!

I'll be giving this a whirl with at least one tank - maybe I'll post back in a few weeks (months? :P) when I get my act together and actually do it!

Do wish I'd found out about this (specifically the wash/drying cycle) before the Vancouver rainy season settled in, though. Oh well!
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I'm doing M-S-S, it is taking forever for my dirt to dry. It's been at least a week and it is still soaked... in the first wet dry cycle! (it is inside in a container... I know it would dry faster spread out...)

Other than that I have everything... I hope it works for the better.
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Default Re: How-To: Mineralized Soil Substrate, by Aaron Talbot

Stupid question....... What if u used a little of ash? would it effect water chemistry alot. I think it would have extra carbon right? I heard of ppl dumping ash on their gardens if they have a wood stove.
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I'm doing M-S-S, it is taking forever for my dirt to dry. It's been at least a week and it is still soaked... in the first wet dry cycle! (it is inside in a container... I know it would dry faster spread out...)

Other than that I have everything... I hope it works for the better.
In theory, you are getting more mineralization action from microbes. Aaron states this is the time it happens, when the moist soil is exposed to O2. I'm not sure if microbes and bacteria can keep performing as well in dry soil, but I actually prolonged my drying periods for this reason, by clumping the dirt into a pile while raking it periodically. Patience will work for you here and should lead to a higher mineral content.


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Stupid question....... What if u used a little of ash? would it effect water chemistry alot. I think it would have extra carbon right? I heard of ppl dumping ash on their gardens if they have a wood stove.
Wood ash could raise the pH, not sure how much but I don't think I would do it.
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