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Re: [APD] loam tanks

In a general way, it means a soil underlayment. More techinically, it would be an organic soil that was not entirely clay but which contains porous material, but is a not too heavy garden mix of dirt stuff. It's not really a technical termthough, it's bascially the stuff in your backyard garden and anyone is freet o use the term how they want. Even those that use soil underlayments of nursery potting soil might suggest that one is to be avoided and another sought. Thre's nothing wrong with interst in soil underlayment planted aquaria. Lots of folks prefer them. But if you have interest in them, them I urge reference to Walsad, the master of the dirt tank method. Having a soil tank and not reading Walstad is like having breakfast cereal and not including the milk.
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----- Original Message ----
From: Joel Fizette <sentientpuppet at gmail_com>
To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 3:04:06 AM
Subject: [APD] loam tanks

When I first decided to start my plant tank I came accross this article
http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/kelly-intro.html I thought it sounded great
and first set out to do it but I couldn't figure out the details through all
my research....so I bought some laterite.
What I couldn't figure out was where the hell to get this loam... I live in
washington state, is there anyone out there that can tell me where to find
it? What exactly am I looking for and how do I measure these things like
clay content and such? That article said not to buy potting soil but it was
written 11 years ago... is there some product out there that suits our needs
now? Anyone here use these methods themselves? Is it outdated maybe? should
I try my luck elsewhere? Am I getting overly inquisitive?
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