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Tropica Soil - how long between hard scape done to planting.

Hi all,

My plants will arrive possibly next week. So planting would be next weekend 8/9 Aug.

I want to spend some time and finalise the hard scape layout this week. Can i keep the soil exposed waiting for planting for a week.

Any recommendations. Pls share.


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Hi all,

My plants will arrive possibly next week. So planting would be next weekend 8/9 Aug.

I want to spend some time and finalise the hard scape layout this week. Can i keep the soil exposed waiting for planting for a week.

Any recommendations. Pls share.


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You can leave the soil sitting there as long as you want. I always let my hardscapes with soil marinate for a good week or two to see if I want to make any changes before I plant and flood.
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You can leave the soil sitting there as long as you want. I always let my hardscapes with soil marinate for a good week or two to see if I want to make any changes before I plant and flood.
Thanks, going ahead with the soil and hardscape setup and then wait for the plants.
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The hard scape is done. The plants are at least 3-4 days away. Should I keep the tank covered with a cling film? Pls advise.


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The hard scape is done. The plants are at least 3-4 days away. Should I keep the tank covered with a cling film? Pls advise.


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Why? You have nothing in it besides the hardscape? It's up to you but it's not necessary.
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I had the exact same question as OP. Same soil, similar timeframe. :-) Glad to know the scape can just sit while I ponder.

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You should add water to the tank. Run the filter and start the cycling.
This way you can reduce ammonia which may cause the melting of sensitive plants, especially the TC ones.


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Dennis Wong from advanced planted tank recommends cycling the tank before planting, he specially calls out when using soils such as ADA which leach out a lot of nutrients into the water column in the initial weeks.

He is neutral on soils such as tropica and fluval stratum. These are not so much nutrients in the water column.


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