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Hey Just got a 6G bucket of the stuff. Should I wash it or rinse it or what? I don't want to wash any of the good stuff out but at the same time don't want the color and parameters of my water to get all crazy.

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I rinsed mine, not obsessively, but I had nice wet soil to plant in and arrange my tank before I added the water. When I did put the water in it was still cloudy for a couple of days but I think it would have been worse if I didnt rinse it.
By the way my plants are doing AWESOME. Much better results than with eco, IMO

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Great to hear! Thanks

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I am considering purchasing the substrate. You called it "wet soil" in your post. Is it similiar to soil or more like a clay brick pieces or gravel?
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Its like a nice grain rock that is small enough that you can almost call it muddy, but it doesn't get as mushy. It also turns a nice dark black when wet. You can kind of see it in my journal but I will try to get a close up. I would highly recommended it for appearance but since I haven't put any plants in I don't know how well it works.

Also its small enough that your bottom fish would be able to play in it. =]

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Thanks Mike. I liked the pics of your tank. I am in process of planting a 29 g tank. My brother has a 46 g bow front and is fully planted without CO2. I am going to try to do mine without CO2.
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It's SMS/Turface repackaged so it's as good as you can get just
a bit more $ for the middleman tho your getting better customer
service that going to lesco directly as you wouldn't want to get
the version with ferts or moisture absorbents.

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It's great stuff. I have it in my 29 and 10 gallons and it works perfectly. Highly recommended but I have never used anything else but the plastic gravel the LFS sell when I started out.

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