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What to Look For When Making MTS

So I decided to try my hand at mineralized topsoil. I went to Lowes and picked up the cheap organic topsoil. The brand was Gardener's Pride and was about $2.50 for a 40 lb bag. I never had heard of the brand but I compared it visually with the the Miracle-Gro Organic Choice stuff and it was much darker and had less wood, actually the cheap stuff has almost no wood chips or rocks. After getting it home I started the mineralizing process, I put it in a tub and added water. After letting it soak for awhile I've noticed it has clumped a lot and formed extremely hard little balls of soil that are muddy on the outside and dry inside. My question is is wether or not this is normal.

Also the soil seems to have a lot of brown clay in it, is this normal, good, bad, any thoughts on it would be great.

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stir it and break up the clumps
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I thought mts stands for Malaysian trumpet snails. Not mineralized top soil. Your confusing me.
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I thought mts stands for Malaysian trumpet snails. Not mineralized top soil. Your confusing me.

Yeah, it's really difficult to scape when using that MTS as a substrate, and the plant's just won't stay down either. It can be pretty a pretty interesting look, though. :P
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Good luck! It can be tricky to get MTS right, but if you do you'll love it!!!

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Clay is good. It adds iron to the mix. Ideally, you're going to add more clay in the form of red pottery clay to the mix when it comes time to set up the tank.

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Break it up, get your hands dirty, smash up the clumps.
The thing added to soil mixes for gardening most often I think is cow manure


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