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Soil in gainesville (Tom)

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by ShaneSmith, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. ShaneSmith

    ShaneSmith Junior Poster

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    I know that you know this area. Where would you go around here to get soil to try in a fishtank. I was hoping to find some mollisols because i want to test to see if zeosand will be effective at keeping nutrients out of the water column. The general map says there are mollisols in north central florida but i dont know the exact location. Also Dr. Obreza told me to take soil from places where aquatic plants grow healthy, but they all seem to sandy to be of use. Either sandy or complete muck which i am worried about. Let me know your thoughts on this please.
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    Go to the soils dept, ask Dr Reddy.
    There's some in the lower Suwanne Refuge, you can find a 1/2 dozen soil types there, clays, peats, sand etc.
    It's about 1 hour from G ville on 24 then take 357.
    Paine's pairie or the area around there. Sante Fe river area.

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  3. Signus

    Signus Prolific Poster

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    Be careful harvesting any substrate in Ichnetucknee Park. Those rangers would not like it if they saw you taking the park's "land." I think you are allowed to harvest up to 10 gallons of aquatic vegetation outside the park. - But you start loosing most of the vegetation after the tubing ramp as the system nears the Sante Fe.

    PS. Have you paid USGS out by Fisheries a visit? They might be able to put you on a location that's open to the public.
     
  4. Tom Barr

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    Yes, out by IFAS they have ponds and you can get some there.
    It's fairly clay like.

    Certainly grows plants:)
    There's also some ditches and a nice little wetland by the old Chicken lab, near the Althetic's center, you got down to where it T's (towards campus on the same road that the Rec Center is on) and then head out to Archer. Right before you get to Archer, you'll see a small pond on your right. There's Riccia in there also, and Bacopa, Ludwigia, lots of mermaid weed etc. Dig down a few inches and you can use that.

    SW 23rd Dr I think. Right where it connects Hull Rd and SW Archer.
    Pick the soil closer to the trees.
    Wash good in a bucket, let settle and decant and allow to dry pretty good for a few days till a nice clay consistency.



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  5. Signus

    Signus Prolific Poster

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    Shane, Fisheries dug a new pond recently for a study on catfish. If they have not used it yet, they probably wouldn't mind you taking a 5 gallon bucked (50 lbs?). They just use it for fill elsewhere. That area is always full of great native plants for aquaria.

    Tom, thanks for that great tip! I'm always stuck in the Veterinary buildings, so never have a chance to explore the IFAS area on campus.

    If you want plants as well, Shane, I know the guy who maintains the the tank in the Book store. He's been bragging about how he needs to throw out plants lately.
     
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    is that the pond we went to and i fished riccia out of tom? that was a blast!
     
  7. Tom Barr

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    Yes

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