Outdoor Substrate?

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Hi, I am creating an algae based tank for my nerite snails, and they need all possible ways to have algae growing in the tank.
Can I use dirt straight from the backyard to put into the tank?

It's a 2.5 gallon, and I will be fixing it up today, and starting it.
 

PeteStevers

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I would suggest not using dirt from the backyard as there may be pesticides\pests present. Many use something like Miracle Grow organic potting soil. I don't believe it is too expensive
 
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PeteStevers said:
I would suggest not using dirt from the backyard as there may be pesticides\pests present. Many use something like Miracle Grow organic potting soil. I don't believe it is too expensive
Alright, I'll make a note of that!
 

psalm18.2

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You can use soil, I do. What kind of soil is it, just basic dirt? May have to add minerals to get the nutrients you need as it may be inert.
 

Fashooga

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Maybe put some rocks in a bucket with water and let it sit in the sun for a few weeks, that might build up some algae on the rocks. Than you can take the rocks from the bucket and put them in the tank.
 

goldface

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Honestly, here is what I’d do if possible. Go out to the river, preferably at low tide. Collect algae covered stones.
 

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