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Soilmaster Select What I should know?

Ok. So I have soilmaster select as the soil but I've read that they can take up ferts. How do I go about making sure that the soilmaster select is soaking up ferts? I am dosing dry fertilizers so what can the substrate uptake?

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I'm assuming you are trying to grow plants emersed? Just make a fert solution and soak them in there. Dose into a bucket as you would into a tank, and then soak the ferts in there for maybe like a week. You don't need that long, but to make it nice and heavy, it will help. Don't expect it to stay in there, though.

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Yeah, I'm trying to grow glosso as a foreground plant. Should I just dose it like as if I'm dosing my regular planted tank?
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does like normal? I treat my SM like it was gravel and my plant growth is leaps and bounds better than before.
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Hi Lester. I'm just beginning to use SM on my 65gal. Did you simply just go from gravel to SM and saw an amazing growth difference or do you use plant tabs/column ferts etc? Also, what's your WPG over the aquarium? thanx...
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Just treat it like ADA AS or Florite, Thats what I did wjhen I used it..

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ya I just set up my 55 gal with sms and so far the only advice I can give is

RIIIINNNNSSSEEE THE HELLL OUT OF IT!!!!
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Ditto on the rinse. I spent 3 hours with a paint strainer rinsing a 50# bag, handful by handful and it still clouds the hell out of my tank whenever stirred. Root plants seem to be doing VERY well in it though.
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I kind of gave up on getting it thoroughly rinsed...lol
I think its going to have the cloud factor no matter how much you rinse it, but maybe thats not bad thing in the end.(I'm sure all that fine sediment is good for something)
Once its in the tank and settled its not that big of an issue if your filtration is good. When rearranging things in my tanks, the small dust clouds that puff up clear out pretty quickly.


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Hey Harold, I too live near los angeles and have been looking for SMS for a while now. Where did you buy yours if i may ask? What color did you get?
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When I setup my 75 gallon I didn't rinse at all, the cloudiness was comparable to any other substrate I have ever used.
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Is there any documentation out there anywhere that states SMS will in fact absorb nutrients?

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Is there any documentation out there anywhere that states SMS will in fact absorb nutrients?
Cant say I have ever heard that before, but what do i know someone correct me if I am wrong please

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Exactly. I havent read that anywhere.

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Well it does soak up water, so wouldn't it absorb the nutrients as well?

And there has to be some documentation that whatever its made of can absorb nutrients. I know clay has high CEC, and it is made of some kind of fired clay.
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