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Safe T Sorb question - cycling, adding plants, charging

Hello, I have my 150 finally set up with STS. I've read into charging but none really say how long It takes. Can I just dump in a bunch of baking soda and ferts or do I have to do a certain amount each day?

My 30gal planted tank is in need of a good trimming, can I add the clippings to the tank now or will they die off with the baking soda being added?

Lastly can i cycle while the STS is charging? Or do I need to do them separately? Thanks

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Pre-charging would best be done in a tub with fertz and water and allowed to sit for a few day's BEFORE placing it in the tank.
Then plant the tank heavily with fast grower's in the pre-charged safe-t-sorb and let the plant's get established in the pre-charged safe-t-sorb.
I used dirt under the safe-t-sorb and did not charge it with nutrient's ,the soil has nutrient's and I just add a little more ferts once a week.Macro's/micro's.
After a month,I slowly begin to add fishes.
Helps to have already established tank I can rob some filter media from and place it in the newly set up tank the same day as I add a few small fish.
I monitor the water for a few day's to check for ammonia and do big water change if needed.
Seldom is needed unless one get's too many fishes at one go.
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Well the STS is already in the tank lol I'm def not taking it back out lol

What about the baking soda?

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I have fairly hard water so did not need/use baking soda.
Was not too worried bout safe-t-sorb lowering GH.
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My water is hard but safe-t-sorb still stripped it, until it apparently reached some saturation level. You can test it. Know the hardness /pH of your water, test the water in your tank. Is there a significant difference? Add baking soda and test your water again see if it changed. Keep adding baking soda in intervals until the pH quits bouncing around. I did this, but in a bucket.


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