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Turface question/ general question about nutrients

So u read Turface has no nutrients. That being said does that mean that i need to do anything to turface before using it for a tank.
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So u read Turface has no nutrients. That being said does that mean that i need to do anything to turface before using it for a tank.
Other then a good cleaning, nothing! You could get some Rootmedic Green Start which would add some nutrients for a while if you wanted.

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Rinse, rinse, rinse...lol...It's a decent on-the-cheap substrate.

Actually I have Soilmaster Select, but from most reports it's the same product.

I've read some posts where people have pre-soaked theirs in a nutrient marinade of sorts, but I have no personal experience or real info on that matter.

I just rinsed mine well and used it as is.


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Root tabs and fertilizer dosing.
What Turface has is a pretty decent cation exchange capacity.
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Hi Vidivici,

The first time I used Turface / Soilmaster Select I washed, and washed, and washed, and the rinse water was still cloudy. When I put it in the tank, and carefully filled pouring the water into a bowl so as not to disturb the substrate......cloudy water. It took about 2 days for the water to clear.

The second time I did some research and found a post where the individual just poured it in dry, did some rough grading, put a plate on the substrate, and filled. The post said it cleared faster than when it wasn't washed first.

I decided to try it, long story short clear water in about 5 hours. It was a 30 gallon tank with a Marineland C-160 filter (160 GPH) so my filtration was about 5X tank size.

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I have never used this Turface, but I have used eco-complete in 1 tank and fluorite/black sand in another. Both times I smashed a plate into the tank and blasted the water into there. In the eco tank, no murky water at all. In the fluorite/sand tank, some murky water as expected, but has cleared within a few hours. With the fine black sand, I was surprised how quickly it cleared. Words of caution: Press plate into substrate, I noticed if I did not do this, the plate tried floating away and immediately clouded up the substrate. Even a glass plate does this somehow. Just my thoughts.
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