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Using top soil under flourite

I bought a bag of scotts top soil. I want to use it under Flourite. I read a post by tom barr suggesting all I need to do is soak it for 3 weeks. I read some people use the soak dry method. I'm confused about what to do.

It's winter were I am and I don't have any way to dry the soil. Has anyone else just soaked the top soil for 2 or 3 weeks?
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The presoaking/mineralization process does a jump-start on breaking down the organics in the soil. You don't really need to do any of that prep work as long as you are ok with doing extra water changes over the first few weeks and hold off on fish until the soil stops releasing ammonia.


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In my tank I literally opened the bag of soil, added 1.5" to the tank base, and added another 1.5" of flourite substate. It was the flourite I actually pre-rinsed a little to get the dust off. Didn't touch the soil before putting it in the tank. No discoloration from the soil.

I should mention 2 things:
1) I've read only the organic top soil should be used for tanks.
2) I actually used Earthworm casting soil on the recommendation of a successful planted tank owner.
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Good luck! I'm all about a soil base layer now.

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I put soil in my 10 gallon tank, I had colour leaching but with water changes every 2 days, the fish stayed healthy and I'd say so far so good. One month in.
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I bought a bag of scotts top soil. I want to use it under Flourite. I read a post by tom barr suggesting all I need to do is soak it for 3 weeks. I read some people use the soak dry method. I'm confused about what to do.

It's winter were I am and I don't have any way to dry the soil. Has anyone else just soaked the top soil for 2 or 3 weeks?

this post Preparation and Maintenance of a Planted Aquarium discusses soil substrates. btw, i would suggest soaking for 2 months, lower temps slow the mineralization process.

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