No, with Miracle Gro Organic just sift it to remove as much of the bark chips as you can, and then it's ready to go.
Pink? Really? Weird- what made yours pink?I did.
Even if you sift and mineralize you still need to do about 5 100% water changes that first day. Helps settle the cap on the soil and gets rid of the excess minerals. Or you will have pink cloudy water for a long time.
Probably a mix of lighting with the micro dirt in the water column. Along with some red clay residue I stuffed into the dirt.Pink? Really? Weird- what made yours pink?
I always run Purigen in my filters, I have to recharge it every few days at probably for the first few weeks from the tannins. But tannins are yellow/brown...
Pink makes curious! lol
has been helpfulI've done I think 3 MG tanks now?
I usually slowly pour some water all over the MG and press it all in with my hands to help waterlog the MG before capping it. I don't fill the tank by any means, just add enough water to make sure it's thoroughly wet. This also helps hold it in place when I add the cap layer.
Fortunately, I always did love playing in the mud as a child. :hihi:
I still got airbubbles for the first few weeks, but no big deal. After day 2, I've never had much of anything float to the surface. (And I don't bother sifting mine first, either.)