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Old 02-28-2018, 08:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the link for the PAR meter.

Is there anywhere I can get mineralized topsoil?
Usually you make it, either from backyard topsoil or MGOPS (or similar).
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I recall some people making it and selling some of it, but that was a few years ago. One problem with selling it is the high shipping cost compared to a reasonable cost for dirt. I'm guessing it was hard to sell it.
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I would really rather not go through the process of making it myself. I will if I can't find any that I can go pick up around the DFW metroplex
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I would really rather not go through the process of making it myself. I will if I can't find any that I can go pick up around the DFW metroplex
Perhaps a club member would be willing to make it and sell it to you at a reasonable markup (or trade for plants or ?) for his/her time?

Also, the club has a PAR meter for members to use for free.
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I have been wanting to join back into the club, however the March meeting, I can not attend due to it being held on my son's birthday.

I would definitely pay a reasonable markup on some dirt if someone was willing to make some or happen to have some. Since I am just getting back into aquatic plants, I do not have much. I can post a pic of the one plant I do have in a small tank and share some clippings. I received it a couple of years ago from the club. I am not sure the name.
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I have been wanting to join back into the club, however the March meeting, I can not attend due to it being held on my son's birthday.
lol that's so funny! my birthday is also this march 4th, hitting 17, time flies when your having fun
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My son is turning 3! �� Exciting!
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I mineralized some topsoil a few months back and used it in one of my tanks. There weren't any issues with it, but I really didn't like it. I got the vibe that it didn't have a lot of nutrition. Maybe the topsoil I used wasn't the best. I have a bunch of extra if you want to try it. I highly recommend getting something like black diamond blasting sand or pool filter sand and dosing the water column with dry ferts though. This is what I do in all of my high and low tech tanks and the biggest issue is that my plants grow too fast.
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I mineralized some topsoil a few months back and used it in one of my tanks. There weren't any issues with it, but I really didn't like it. I got the vibe that it didn't have a lot of nutrition. Maybe the topsoil I used wasn't the best. I have a bunch of extra if you want to try it. I highly recommend getting something like black diamond blasting sand or pool filter sand and dosing the water column with dry ferts though. This is what I do in all of my high and low tech tanks and the biggest issue is that my plants grow too fast.
In my fluval V high tech dirted, i used organic miracle grow for my soil, but in my 40b i used EcoScraps organic garden soil. Works Great, but my trick was that its about 3"-4" thick plus the 2" cap of sand. Doesn't cause issues though yet and its been up for a while, you have to add clay though if you want some nice reds. Haven't seen any deficiencies. Tbh everyone's been giving dirt to the dirt method, but personally im never doing it any other way after i tried dirted for the first time not to long ago. But eventually even in a dirted tank you Can start dry dosing if you want. Its really just an option for if you want insurance on your plants. depending on the TYPE of dirt you used, that takes a LOT of things into consideration. For example dirt from the coat of NC is highly acidic and holds very little nutrients at all because its 78% sand which is inert.
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My first planted tank was dirt, I sprinkled osmocote under the dirt, and I mixed the dirt with absorb all I believe. Topped it off with black diamond. My plants grew so fast, I was trimming every other week to keep it from getting over grown. Mooncon supplied me with some organic mineralized top soil from his garden. I may try on of these suggestions. I never thought about using organic miracle grow.
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