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Miracle Grow Organic - question!

Hi all!! I got a bag.of the Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix cause I've read its great! And I got a bag of tms for the cap.

What's a good way to get the bigger pieces of wood out? I'm obviously hoping for a way other than - pick it out by hand!! lol!

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you could use one of those kitchen strainers if you want to.

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old window screen works good too if you've a few lying about.

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The stuff you want gone floats put it in a bucket and skim the top. Drain off the water and scoop out the remaining mud into the tank. Thats how i did it anyhow.
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+1, put it in a large plastic container or bucket, fill with a strong stream of water, stir it up. The stuff you don't want will float. remove it. Repeat untill floating stops.
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Wet is a mess!

Wet is a mess! and you lose organics.
Used plastic and cardboard to spread it out on.
Dirt pile and small amount of sticks


I've worked it through fiberglass window screening material.




I ended up with about a 3.5g volume in both buckets.




*\/* Soaked it in a bucket too (mess) and simply used it straight from the bag.
Capping material needs to be between 1.5 and 2" thick.


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Hi all!! I got a bag.of the Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix cause I've read its great! And I got a bag of tms for the cap.

What's a good way to get the bigger pieces of wood out? I'm obviously hoping for a way other than - pick it out by hand!! lol!

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Hello c...

I used this mixture a couple of years ago and it's effective for about six months. After that, it will start to break down and cloud the tank water. It can also give the tank a slightly "stagnant" odor when you do your water changes. You need to be careful not to disturb it once you have it in the tank or you get a lot of floating debris in the water.

I pot a lot of my aquarium plants and still use a little potting soil in the pots. I like to move the plants in my tanks from time to time to take advantage of the lighting.

Above everything else, have fun.

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Hello c...

I used this mixture a couple of years ago and it's effective for about six months. B
still here, flooded 4/30/2009, still growing plants. (that darn cloudy water though)
No changes made, no daily or even weekly ferts ticktock ticktock


but first and most important have fun.

1 to 1.5" of potting soil capped with Flourite


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I like a sand cap.
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My MGO was very moist when I opened the bag........I spread it out and put it in the oven till dry and then picked out the big stuff by hand. Put it in my tank dry and added 1.5" of pool filter sand...Planted it and flooded it... Couple water changes a week and in a 4 - 5 weeks it was ready for my shrimps............... My plants grow great with this set up

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Does it matter if its damp or dry when I put it in the tank and add the sand cap?

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damp or dry is fine... Just so your cap doesn't sink into the stuff when you add it. I like it dry.

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I have several questions regarding going MTS
1) Cause of water clouding? How do I minimize it?
2) What is the recommended cap/MTS ratio?
3) Any Miracle Grow soil types I should avoid?
4) Recommend a cap and soil?
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1) put a plate down when you fill your tank
2) 2:1
3) buy the mix and not soil
4) play sand will work just fine

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still here, flooded 4/30/2009, still growing plants. (that darn cloudy water though)
No changes made, no daily or even weekly ferts ticktock ticktock
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