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    Ping planting media

    I am getting to repot my existing Mexican Pings and am expecting to add three more to my collection in the next week. I read Joseph's "sticky" on the care and feeding of Pings and he recommends silica sand...that I have...Schultz aquatic plant soil and iron oxide as the planting media. None of the local pet stores carry it, or the iron oxide. Does anyone have an idea where to purchase these two items?
    If not, any other ideas of what I can use?
    I have acess to plenty of beach sand, which is nothing but ground up shells and coral, right outside my door. Could that be used in an any way?

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    Hi,
    For the Schultz aquatic plant soil I found mine at Lowes.The iron oxide I bought from www.baileypottery.com.They have a minimum order so I ended up buying 5lbs of it.

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    I found the Schultz aquatic soil at Lowes. The iron oxide at:
    www.baileypottery.com.

    Hope this helps.
    Mark W.

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    I'm still a newbie to pings, but I planted mine in 50/50 peat/perlite mix, and they are doing fine.

    You might want to be careful of beach sand. I've always heard that salt in beach sand and wood is bad for CPs. I think you can wash it really good to get rid of the salt...but I have no idea how to wash sand.
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    I use equal parts peatmoss, perlite, and vermiculite for my Mexican pings.
    Then the top 1/8" - 1/4" is pure vermiculite.


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    Quote Originally Posted by elgecko View Post
    I use equal parts peatmoss, perlite, and vermiculite for my Mexican pings.
    Then the top 1/8" - 1/4" is pure vermiculite.
    I do practically the exact same thing.

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    Mexican pings are really not picky about growing medium, other than maybe having an alkaline substrat for P. gypsicola, for which I am using a little bit of crushed coral. Most people use some combination of peat and perlite. I happen to like mixing sand & peat, with LFS on top. Joseph has made mention of an LFS layer on top of perlite, which keeps things bot moist and drained.

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