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Can mulm and filter sludge be recycled?

Is there a reason why we can't reuse the sludge from the filters and the mulm in our mineralized soil substrate? It's already broken down for the most part. I collect it and use it with my figs trees, and they seem to like it.

Just a shower thought. Probably a dumb one, but I figured I ask anyways.

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Interesting idea, I'm using the tank water with mulm to water my plants (my monstera absolutely loves it) . Probably you could add it tho the soil, but you can't do it regularly, just when setting the tank, right? So you would have to collect it over time and add it to the soil later.
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I toss all old filter cleaning water and old substrate into my garden just because I figure I already compost it can't hurt!

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Interesting idea, I'm using the tank water with mulm to water my plants (my monstera absolutely loves it) . Probably you could add it tho the soil, but you can't do it regularly, just when setting the tank, right? So you would have to collect it over time and add it to the soil later.
I'm not sure. I don't see why you can't just add it to the soil when setting up the tank. It's already broken down at its lowest level probably anyways. I'm sure the plants would love it.

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I do the same. The trees like it.

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I'm not sure. I don't see why you can't just add it to the soil when setting up the tank. It's already broken down at its lowest level probably anyways. I'm sure the plants would love it.

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That's exactly what I meant, toss it when setting up the tank. What I meant is, it's only useful when setting up a new tank and it's not really happening frequently (or is it? ;-)), so using the gunk for plants instead of accumulating it somewhere for a new tank might be a better option.
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That's exactly what I meant, toss it when setting up the tank. What I meant is, it's only useful when setting up a new tank and it's not really happening frequently (or is it? ;-)), so using the gunk for plants instead of accumulating it somewhere for a new tank might be a better option.
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