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Old 07-23-2012, 08:59 PM   #1 
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Is this organic potting soil for NPT ok?

I finally found this stuff and got a small bag.



http://www.scotts.com/smg/catalog/pr...4&tabs=general

The PDF file from Scotts (You can look at the PDF off their main website, the link above, to see the ingredient list on the bag.) says it has pasteurized poultry manure in the soil as the "slow release" fertilizer. Will this stuff be ok in an NPT (natural planted tank) or will it get funky from the bird dropping fertilizer even though it is sterilized?

I have not put it in a tank yet.
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:25 PM   #2 
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No one knows if this will be safe?
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:02 PM   #3 
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try asking at the sister site tropical fish keeping.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:04 PM   #4 
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it's the one Diane Walstad used, I believe, so it should be fine. What cap are you using?
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:12 PM   #5 
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Was planning on using the Quikrete play sand other people here have used successfully. (At least I thought this was the stuff)


That soil comes in garden soil and the potting soil btw which is another reason I linked to the Scotts website in case I got the wrong one.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:21 AM   #6 
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From what I read, Walstad used the potting mix. She has some algae issues with it, but this didn't bother her at all.

Other aspects of Walstad's sytem are to make sure the tank is shallow with lots of water surface and never change the water, only top it up.

I think OFL's system suits fish-keeping specifically, in that you change the water 50% 2x pw for the first couple of weeks, then 50% x 1 pw for a few more weeks. then finally, ease it off to once every few months and make sure there's a balance of light and nutrients.

I think if you sift out the really woody parts it'll be just fine.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:11 PM   #7 
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I used that potting mix it's just fine!
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