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So help me out with this. I have topsoil thats been soaking and drying for a while now. Is my next step to just dump it in my tank and cap it with some coal slag(black diamond), and thats it? do i need to add anything to the soil to keep it from clouding up my water?
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I hate the word "dump"! Let's say instead you will carefully put the soil in the tank, and level it out or form it into the slope you want, then carefully place Black Diamond on top in a 1-2 inch thick layer. Then you will add the water, using plastic over the substrate to keep the water from disturbing the substrate as you add it. It shouldn't cloud up the water except possibly temporarily.

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Hoppy, you're cracking me up.
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So help me out with this. I have topsoil thats been soaking and drying for a while now. Is my next step to just dump it in my tank and cap it with some coal slag(black diamond), and thats it? do i need to add anything to the soil to keep it from clouding up my water?
That's what I've done in my dirt tanks. Capped or not.

Put the water in slowly.
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That's what I've done in my dirt tanks. Capped or not.

Put the water in slowly.

With a plate in the bottom of the tank.
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I use a pot, put the python in the pot and let it go, minimum disturbance to substrate

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Did you enrich/mineralize the soil?

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I don't mean to hijack this thread but on average how long does the dirt leech nutrients before it becomes stable. My plants are growing crazy strong but I keep getting green algae between the substrate and the glass which I cant remove. I don't mind the algae on the side glass because my ottos are finally becoming fat, but having to clean the front every 3 days is getting old. I was just wondering how long before the excess stops pouring out.,

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