How do you make a nutrient rich substrate?

kevinmichael77

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Oct 5, 2012
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I typically use Aquasoil, but for my new tank im trying to go for a different look. I really like the look of the Ada Colorado substrate, but I really want a nutrient rich substrate. What is the best way to go about this. I know people use dirt, peat, mulm, Osmocote, etc. So I'm


interested to learn how to get the benefits of Aquasoil but using a sand such as the Colorado.


Appreciate the help as always!!!


Kev
 

1077

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Plain unscented,no additives cat litter (special kitty from Walmart), mixed with soil and peat is what I currently use and it is capped with Black diamond blasting media (tractor supply).


I mix soil 60 %


Peat 10%


Cat litter 40%


Getting ready to re-do the tank after 3 yrs, and plan to use plain top soil as bottom layer,sprinkle some osmocote on top of the soil,and cover it with product Safe-T-sorb (tractor supply).
 

kevinmichael77

Guru Class Expert
Oct 5, 2012
385
7
18
Wisconsin
1077 said:
Plain unscented,no additives cat litter (special kitty from Walmart), mixed with soil and peat is what I currently use and it is capped with Black diamond blasting media (tractor supply).


I mix soil 60 %


Peat 10%


Cat litter 40%


Getting ready to re-do the tank after 3 yrs, and plan to use plain top soil as bottom layer,sprinkle some osmocote on top of the soil,and cover it with product Safe-T-sorb (tractor supply).

I've read about mixtures like that which have good results, but I don't think I want to use dirt as I'm constantly shifting things around. I've read that if you uproot often that a dirted substrate can get messy.


This tank will have CO2 and ferts, but I'm just wondering how to get nutrients to the roots of the plants. Especially if I decide to do a carpet of some form.