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There probably are somewhere, I would have to ask... Edit that now I think of it. Soilmaster Select I believe is pretty much the same stuff but MUCH cheaper. You want soilmaster "Select" since it's been fired longer than the other stuff. Its also made for landscaping and things like that (golf courses etc,) so it should hold up better than florabase may. Its sold by Lesco. A write up about how someone used it in their fish tank can be seen here, http://www.plantedtank.net/articles/Soi ... strate/26/kyle1745 said:I have a tank with the flora base but I think it is a bit too light for the frog tanks. It is also based on volcanic clay which I had thought someone mentioned broke down faster and had less nutrients than others. It is also rather expensive.
The soil I made, while a pain to make, seems to be working great. Its hard to say how either this or the above will hold up over time but so far I am liking the home made a bit better.
In my case price is a big deal as I have a number of tank that need refreshed. Interesting idea on the crushed shells for the calcium.
Are there cheaper options than the flora base? That may hold a little more weight so they do not stick to the frogs.
I'm not sure about the weight I think they're all pretty light, but even if you used this as a base, and mixed it with some laterite or "redart" it should be an easier way to keep the soil more 'porus' and not get all hard and like a brick after a week.
As for the shells, its a pretty basic idea. Oyster shells are cheap, smash them or grind them up and its a much cheaper way than buying the sand, which is the exact same stuff just crushed up already by fish/ocean.
My question is this, Will the calcium in the substrate be too much and throw off an inbalance? Edd always talks about ratios to make sure its not too much ratio of like 15:10:5 or something like that.
And since adding calcium could you mix in a thing of herpative and repcal while you're at it? Just add it to your substrate mix and hopefully it can help some? It would "save" a lot of the vitamins that get thrown out all the time...
The other problem essentially I see is what are you putting in the soil? The way I think of it you would need substrate bugs, then leaf litter bugs eating the substrate bugs, if this could work it would be a very effective food chain if there was enough of each and not too many frogs..
I have an empty 45g that I'm planning on turning into a viv so maybe I'll try this out in that.