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Old 10-22-2013, 08:10 AM   #461 (permalink)
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Does the oil dry crumble easily? You might add it as a powder to substitute for the clay.

I would be able to that via a hammer


The dolomite isn't super necessary, but the KCL will help a good bit to get things going with no dosing at all for 3 months or so.** then I will find it - Thx

I've never used the Miracle Grow soil. I've always just used the cheapest top soil at the big box stores.

Why not use the oil dry as a capping material?
****I had a tank with only oil dri & was looking for a different look. I also found oil dri to be difficult to plant in initially as it takes a while to compact. It also does not hold shape.

Pool filter sand works also, but it's an algae magnet if you plan to use higher lighting.
****Hmmmm... I did not know that. I was planing on this tank being lower maintenance than a high light tank and was going to use a Catalina single bulb T5HO for a 55 gallon. I had a 4 X 55 watt CF which was to much work.

I do not think a single bulb will be to much but frankly do not really know. Can anyone offer additional comments based on experience?

The cap should be at least 1.5" thick. I usually make it thicker in the back to give a feeling of depth to the tank.
Thanks Aaron - I appreciate your reply & will post pics once I put it together
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:27 PM   #462 (permalink)
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I bought topsoil and mineralized it following the recipe . After completion it looks and feels like tan/gray sand . Also while wet it really compacts. Should it be like that? thanks
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:32 PM   #463 (permalink)
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Yes, it should feel sandy like. It sounds like you did it correctly.
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instead of using dolomite can i use dry fetilizers?

in the local store where i buy muriate potash they also sell calcium nitrate, looks like little pebbles and they also sell magnesium in powder.
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You would be better off using Crushed Coral or Oyster Shells than CaNO3. One of the reasons for the dolomite is the Carbonate component helps neutralize excessive soil acidity. The nitrate will likely leech and can cause algea since it's levels will get very high.
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i cant find dolomite in my country. no one know what dolomite is. what about magnesium powder, should i add it to the crush coral? can i use corals from the beach?
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Hi Aaron thanks for the MTS, this is my 60 G tank with this metod, it have one week running and everything is perfect!
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i cant find dolomite in my country. no one know what dolomite is. what about magnesium powder, should i add it to the crush coral? can i use corals from the beach?
Just do not use it. It's not absolutely essential for success. Adding crushed coral will raise the pH.
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Hi Aaron thanks for the MTS, this is my 60 G tank with this metod, it have one week running and everything is perfect!
Nice. Keep us updated as the tank progresses.
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Default Re: How-To: Mineralized Soil Substrate, by Aaron Talbot

Dolomite is one of the products used in reef tanks to help maintain a high alkalinity level of around 8.3. I cannot see its use in a fresh water substrate especially if your trying to keep the pH fairly neutral.

The other thing I used to use in my planted tanks was red clay. I used to be be able to get it in powdered form and would add it in layers dry when I was setting up the tank. The red clay has a much higher content of cleated iron than standard gray clay.
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