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Should soil be compacted or?

When adding soil to my tank, do I just want to get it to the correct depth and dump it in the tank, or do I want to compact it in the tank by pressing it down to get the correct depth?
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I would say become you would want the roots to have and easier time. It would also make it harder to plant without snapping your stems. If you must try lightly packing it.

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Pack it or not it won't matter. As soon as it gets underwater it loosens up. I compacted mine and it was no trouble to plant. Just stick your finger in to make a hole and plant the sucker. I put the plants in before I filled it fully though.

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lightley compact the soil firmer hold for the roots and easy to plant in

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If you're still planning on using the MGOCPM then when adding it to the tank dry pressing the palm of your hand down with firm pressure makes it easier to guage what the depth is. (I try for 1.5 to 2" dry) As the organic content is broken down the layer will collapse later.

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Pack it or not it won't matter. As soon as it gets underwater it loosens up. I compacted mine and it was no trouble to plant. Just stick your finger in to make a hole and plant the sucker. I put the plants in before I filled it fully though.
Thats what i did, and it worked
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If you're still planning on using the MGOCPM then when adding it to the tank dry pressing the palm of your hand down with firm pressure makes it easier to guage what the depth is. (I try for 1.5 to 2" dry) As the organic content is broken down the layer will collapse later.

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Just like you would pot a house plant or plant veggies in the garden, compress the dirt.
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It's not really rocket science.

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Just like you would pot a house plant or plant veggies in the garden, compress the dirt.

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If you're still planning on using the MGOCPM then when adding it to the tank dry pressing the palm of your hand down with firm pressure makes it easier to guage what the depth is. (I try for 1.5 to 2" dry) As the organic content is broken down the layer will collapse later.

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Thanks for the info, that what I did.
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