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Can I use my oven to dry my mts?

Hey im just curious, im making mts and I was wondering if I am able to use the oven to dry it out? Its -20 here where I live and drying it on the deck isnt an option right now.
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You don't have to dry it out. You just have to let it sit and 'age' for a week, stirring it a bit while it ages.

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Will it make any difference if I age it or not? I just wanted a better planted tank substrate that was cheaper then pet store substrate
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Will it make any difference if I age it or not? I just wanted a better planted tank substrate that was cheaper then pet store substrate
If you're specifically making mineralized topsoil, then the process requires that you go through several wet and drying cycles and give the various bacteria colonies time to grow and slowly mineralize the organics in the soil. This takes time.

There are other ways you can amend substrate, but they are not the same as MTS.





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