RE: NANFA-- That whole sandbed thing.

Sajjad Lateef (
Sun, 2 Feb 2003 16:06:14 -0800 (PST)

I use this. Several other people on this list use it, too.
It's nice. But, the stuff will float easily until the plants
establish themselves. A top layer of gravel will help keep the
stuff down.

It's also called Profile, Turface, Aquatic Potting Soil, Clay
Conditioner ... all the same stuff made by Schultz. It's just
finely crushed pieces of baked clay - the same as what is put
on baseball fields.

That said, I prefer Flourite for heavy root feeders like Crypts.
But, adding Osmocotes to Profile seems to have the same effect.

--- Jeffrey Fullerton <> wrote:
> A couple months ago I started experimenting with a product from
> Shultzs
> called "Aquatic Plant Soil". It's a clay product sort of like a
> course
> grade of kitty litter- except that it does not disolve in water and
> get
> mushy but stays in a gravel like form. I've been using it in pond
> baskets for growing milfoils and other submerged plants and also as a
> soil amendment for terrestrial plants in the greenhouse!


Sajjad Lateef
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