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Conversation Between Bettanewbie60 and kfryman
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  1. Bettanewbie60
    09-02-2012 10:24 PM - permalink
    Very cool..hubby will like the idea of snails lol. Are they easy to find, Petsmart etc?
  2. kfryman
    09-02-2012 10:19 PM - permalink
    Yes, Malaysian Trumpet snails, they are good regardless because they do go in the soil and also eat decaying plant matter. The are usually only out at night btw.
  3. Bettanewbie60
    09-02-2012 07:27 PM - permalink
    MTS! Those are a type of snail right? yeah, I've heard that the pebbles are probably better for keeping the soil aerated.
  4. kfryman
    09-02-2012 07:23 PM - permalink
    The pebbles will be easier for airation. The soil shouldnt go bad. Sand can get annoying, but plants can grow better in it as long as you airate the sand or get MTS, which I would recommend for you as well. They only eat decaying plant matter, they won't eat live plants.
  5. Bettanewbie60
    09-02-2012 07:17 PM - permalink
    I am capping with small grain pebbles. I'm considering the bag of Earthgro top soil...
  6. kfryman
    09-02-2012 07:09 PM - permalink
    Some sand mixed in is fine actually, as long as it is indeed mostly soil. Your soil would also be good for cactus or desert plants because it would drain faster. Are you capping with sand or pebbles?
  7. Bettanewbie60
    09-02-2012 07:04 PM - permalink
    I'm seriously considering digging up a patch of my yard to see what the soil looks like lol...I'm so tired, and I haven't even started this tank yet! I did manage to make my divider, it came out great! And I have a spot picked out, a table ready...I'm just so anxious to get it up and running! I used to live in California when I was really little.
  8. kfryman
    09-02-2012 06:58 PM - permalink
    Oh, yeah I would return it if you can. Miracle Grow Organic has bark, but you just sift it. Though at first you get this weird fungus type stuff from the wood. After a week or so it should go away as bacteria grow and eat it. Algae eating shrimp also love it.

    I'm on the West, I live by San Jose, home of the Sharks.
  9. Bettanewbie60
    09-02-2012 06:52 PM - permalink
    I am on the East Coast in GA...The bag says that it is 78-85% aged pine bark, sand and perlite..I know I would have to get rid of the perlite.
  10. kfryman
    09-02-2012 06:47 PM - permalink
    If it is organic usually it does have some bark in it. Most people get some tyoe of softer or pasta drainer or even sometimes metal mesh and they sift it out. Just get the big pieces out. Or you could return it.

    US? West or East coast?
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