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post #31 of 41 Old 12-29-2012, 11:10 AM
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oh well how do i tell if it is ordinary potting soil can you please look up that stuff and help me cause in varying places I have heard that the Organic Mirical Grow Potting mix is the best to use if buying soil instead of digging it up .... being organic isnt it the same as mineralizing the soil yourself.. sorry don't mean to argue Im just doing the research and asking questions to learn about this.... I am just questioning what i have heard else where (i.e youtube, reading thro other forums, books, etc.)
I will leave this for those like redchigh who have experience. I have never bothered with soil substrates as to be honest I cannot see any benefit and there can be detrimental issues. I've had no problems growing plants in my plain sand or gravel tanks.

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post #32 of 41 Old 12-29-2012, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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ok so i went to wal mart and bought a pack of general electric bulbs that are 13 watt ( 60 watt replacement) cfl bulbs that are rated at 13watt 825 lumens 6500k would those be better then my Lights of America 10 watt 600 Lummens at 6500k??
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ok so i went to wal mart and bought a pack of general electric bulbs that are 13 watt ( 60 watt replacement) cfl bulbs that are rated at 13watt 825 lumens 6500k would those be better then my Lights of America 10 watt 600 Lummens at 6500k??
I don't know what the "America" lights are, but I do know the GE Daylight bulbs you got are very good. I use these (only in 10w) over my 10g and 20g tanks, and the plants are thriving.

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Oh ok do you use liquid ferts
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Oh ok do you use liquid ferts
Yes. I use Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement.

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how much is that round about number
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how much is that round about number
If you mean the cost, I've no idea as you are in the US and I'm in Canada, and everything is less expensive for you in the US.

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post #38 of 41 Old 12-29-2012, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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ok so that means i can only hope for a better price lol well where do you get it so i can look it up
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post #39 of 41 Old 12-29-2012, 07:20 PM
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Most fish stores should have it. I recommend getting the biggest bottle you can. Here's Seachem's page about it. It has mainly micronutrients, so if you have a lot of fast growing plants you will also need to dose macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, also referred to as NPK).

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i plan on growing moneywort java fern red ludwiggia and some dwarf sag
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