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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Help with mineralizing soil

I have had a 29 gal tank for years. I have had live plants for years too. Recently I have decided to use soil to help bring more natural nutrients to the plants. I am planning on mineralizing it before putting it in the tank. I have found many places that say how to do this and many have mentioned using Miracle-Gro Organic Potting Soil. I got some and have been soaking it (the method I'm following says to soak it for two day then dump the water on the top). I pushed it all around and mixed it to make sure it was all wet. It has been a day and a half and 90% of the soil is floating. Is the soil bad? Am I doing it wrong?
I am new to using soil, so any tips or help would be appreciated
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 02:10 AM
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Soil can only get saturated when you soak it. It doesn't get more saturated in two days. That just wastes drying time.

The man to talk to about Miracle-Gro Organic Potting Soil is 'wkendracer' he uses it in a lot of his tanks.

Most of us make MTS out of the cheapest TopSoil you can buy I use Home Depots stuff 2 $1.17 for 40#s.

This was the batch I just finished:

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