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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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MTS and boiling.

If I boil my mineralized top soil, do i still have to do the wet/dry rotations or will it be suitable to put in my tank after being boiled?

I'm coverting my 46 bowfront from flourite to dirt capped with flourite. I will reusing most of my tanks water and all of it's current substrate when I set it back up.
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The wetting and drying process is what allows the bacteria to mineralize the soil in the first place. Boiling soil will do nothing but kill any microbes. If you already have mineralized soil then it is good to go.
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I was asking about that and discussing that a little in this thread here -

According to the resident gurus, boiling it has the benefit of removing any ammonia which is much the potential problem with unmineralized soil. There will still be some things left in the soil which may continue to decompose once submerged, but so long as they're not in too great a proportion that can actually be beneficial if for instance in a low-tech approach if you're wanting your substrate to be producing some Co2 for your plants.

Boiling it can be a little messy though, as I'd discussed here when I did so -
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