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Which is better? MTS or MGOPS

Which is the better of the two? Mineralized Top Soil or Miracle gro organic Potting soil? I am setting up a 90 and have about a half a 5 gallon bucket of MTS made up and did not want to wait the weeks to make more, so I was thinking of getting some of the miracle gro and just making a mix of the two.


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If you have the time and patience MTS is best above all else.

But, I went real simple in my tank, using a basic top soil (cheapest I could find, 3$ for a bad that could do my 25 gallon 10x). I mixed in some flourite, capped it with play sand. My plants are doing great, with medium high light and co2 I have not dosed anything other than a little flourish.

So Im sure your tank will do great with a mix of the two.


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Oh, no!

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Oh, no!

Opened a can of worms here.
worm castings are great to use setting up a new dirt tank LMAO


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What about Mineralized MGOPS? With worm castings.

Seriously, though-- check out this thread:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...pros-cons.html
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Mixing the two will work, as long as you cap it with something. But I don't like MGOPS. It's messy, and every time you pull up a rooty stem, you'll get a bunch of floaters. I have it in two tanks topped with Flourite Black Sand, and wish I didn't. You know how, in making MTS, you soaked it and scooped out floaters? If you did that with MGOPS, you'd end up removing 75% of the mass of the bag. No joke.

Still, if you want something under an inert substrate, it will work. You could just go with a really thin layer of MTS, but I don't know how effective that would be over time.

My suggestion would be to mix it with regular soil, the same stuff you used to make the MTS in the first place.
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My suggestion would be to mix it with regular soil, the same stuff you used to make the MTS in the first place.
I think that's a good suggestion, too. You may get a swampy smell in your house for a week or so if you do this, but that's the only disadvantage I can see.

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I can get organic topsoil (what i used for my initial mts) for less than 3$ a bag at hd, that sifted plus my existing mts should work


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Is humus already mineralized?
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Both of them will work well, but I think MTS has fewer negatives.
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