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post #11 of 41 Old 12-28-2012, 02:09 PM
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does anyone have any experiance with the CaribSea® FloraMax™ Planted Aquarium Substrate
It doesn't really have all that many nutrients in it. You'd be better off using dirt.

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post #12 of 41 Old 12-28-2012, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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hmm ok beaslbob i think i gonna do it ...but I will need daily help lol and we gonna go by this step by step I wanna go buy a bag of Organic Choice Miricale Grow but what else will I need
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hmm ok beaslbob i think i gonna do it ...but I will need daily help lol and we gonna go by this step by step I wanna go buy a bag of Organic Choice Miricale Grow but what else will I need

good luck and keep us posted.

I did use a small bag of peat moss potting soil once. With fertz added. While it did work I was fighting algae and cloudiness a lot. Had to kill the lights the first week to clearup the water for instance. That's the reason I recommend the $12 "cube" of canadian sphagum peat moss with no fertz.

for the pc select if you use that I had to contact this site:


Pro's Choice Products

to get a local supplier. Usually landscapers who do golf courses, baseball fields and so on.

From that site contact information is:

Pro's Choice Sports Field Products
410 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 400
Chicago, Illinois 60611

p: 800.648.1166
e:proschoice@oildri.com

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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hmm ok beaslbob i think i gonna do it ...but I will need daily help lol and we gonna go by this step by step I wanna go buy a bag of Organic Choice Miricale Grow but what else will I need
This would be a good tank for soil as you are not including any fish. I doubt the issues that could affect fish will affect the shrimp, but I'm not certain.

Use regular clean soil, not any garden product which will contain other substances esp fertilizers. No deeper than 1 inch, with one inch of sand or fine gravel on top.

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well i have heard alot of ppl recommend the mircle grow organic choice cause it doesnt have any ferts in it just the nutrients its completly organic
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oh and i am wanting to do a shrimp tank with maybe 2 rams
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Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix:

For container vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs
Made from natural and organic ingredients
Continuously feeds for up to 2 months
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Dont use what I used in the guide- use soil you dig up instead. You only need less than an inch- a half inch in the front sloping up in the back is plenty.

If you use sand, you can mix cleaned sand in the soil and top with at least an inch of xleaned sand.

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my soil around here is very contaminated with things tho i dont know if it is to safe my dad likes to pour gas and stuff out in yard for fire aunts and stuff. if i was to go and dig some up what am i looking for really and what do i have to add to it
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I would stay with plain sand. Much simpler.

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