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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Can i use DSM with used aquasoil?

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I am in the process of planning a rescape. I currently am using ADA aquasoil its about a year old. I am planning on draining the tank completely, pulling everything out and starting the scape over.

The new scape will likely have HC and i am interested in trying the DSM. Can i use my current soil when doing the DSM or will it start to breakdown and just not work?
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I don't see why not. I reuse my soil all the time. Hopefully it still has nutrients though after a year.

As long as it's not totally crumbled and muddy you should be fine, at least for the DSM. When you fill, it could be messy if your soil is broken down.
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will it go off and start smelling though?
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I've done HC via the DSM a few times with very used ada aquasoil with no issues. It should not breakdown, and it shouldn't leach any ammonia either, which is probably beneficial to a DSM. You might even get less mould compared to using new ada aquasoil.

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