Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: State of Emergency
You'll probably have issues from here on out if you rinsed the soil, see it's basically silt pellets, they're held together decently but rinsing them breaks the silt up and then it's not really a pellet anymore.
Put the soil in the tank dry and scape the tank dry and then you can mist it down to plant your plants, and then fill carefully.
One-time I tried to re use aquasoil I had the same issue as you, brown all the time
There are things you can try but not sure they're going to work, removing the soil and drying it in the oven and trying to sift off the dust might help.
it's mixed with sand now though, so I'd say just keep trying big water changes, if it works it works.
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