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    schultz aquatic plant soil as aggregate?

    I think I have this at a local lowes. To my understanding its nutrient free and neutral in pH so I thought i might use it instead of sand or perilte which is unavailable. The trouble is, is that this medium is designed to absorb and release nutrients. Will it harm my plants? Can i use it on Venus fly traps?
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    I haven't been able to find it yet, but I know a couple people that use it with no ill effects and you don't get that white dust that perlite throws off.

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    I use APS for my Mexican pings. Seems to work well...

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    widely used product under various names.... great stuff

    Shultz APS
    PondCare aquatic plant media
    Turface

    Google site search results for "aps site:www.terraforums.com" :
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    It's excellent stuff. I grow my succulents in it.

    It's also sold as "Shultz Clay Soil Conditioner" usually way cheaper than when sold as "Aquatic Plant Soil" but same stuff.

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    So far i'm using APS in an all mineral ping media, drosophyllium media, and petiolaris sundew media.. It seems to work well as an aggregate with peat, at least in my experience.. I do recommend giving it a rinse/soak first though, it seems to contain alot of mineral content that leeches out.. i've noticed it will leave a bit of a white crust on the substrate surface for quite a while..

    I use the Pondcare stuff as it seems Schultz isnt distributed up here in the PNW..

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    It's also sold as "Shultz Clay Soil Conditioner" usually way cheaper than when sold as "Aquatic Plant Soil" but same stuff.
    I'm not sure what the cost is for either of these names but the Turface version goes for $11-12 for a 50 lb bag - hard to beat that price.
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    No Turface distributors around here when I check their distribution page.

    but

    as "Clay Soil Conditioner" it's $4.99 for 10#

    as "Aquatic Plant Soil" it's $17.99 for 10#

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