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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Help with my switch to soil!

Finally making the switch from clown-puke gravel over to an NPT!

I've been wanting to do this for a longgg time now, but I finally just got enough of everything collected to be able to get it started.


Here's my question.
Should I rinse the soil like I will with the sand? -OR- Should I just pick out the large clumps in it, maybe dampen it a little, and do it that way?


I ended up going with both organic potting mix and organic top soil, I figured that I could just mix the two together and that way I could stretch the use of it out.
I also went with black diamond sand blasting sand, 30/60 grit, which says "fine" on it, so I'm hoping it'll be fine for the cories.


If anyone has any advice on how to make this switch as fast as possible, please let me know!

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I did not rinse my soil, but I did sift it. Simply picking the larger bits won't get everything out.
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My soil was 98 cents a bag and full of crap, I would recommend sifting it lol I had chunks of mulch, plant roots, rocks . . . some stuff that remains unidentifiable o.O but it's worked fine for me so far. I use it in my grow out tank, so no fish in that one ^^

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Clown puke gravel is a huge pet peeve of mine xD Glad you're converting!

I sifted my soil, but I didn't rinse it. If you cap properly and pour in the water super carefully, there shouldn't be much use in rinsing (I imagine it would be a pain in the butt to do so anyway lol)


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Thanks.
What is the best method for sifting it?

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Thanks.
What is the best method for sifting it?
A regular kitchen strainer - the plastic ones. The smaller the holes, the better. It's the larger stuff that floats. Get one at the dollar store, and keep it for dirt in case you ever decide to do another.

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If you have a sand cap you won't need to sift your soil because sand on top prevents anything from floating.
I just dumped my soil in and then put the washed sand on top of it.


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If you have a sand cap you won't need to sift your soil because sand on top prevents anything from floating.
I just dumped my soil in and then put the washed sand on top of it.
The larger organic pieces that you don't sift out will rot, and cause issues later. They should be sifted to get the soil as clean as possible.

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I just need to rant about this sand rinsing! It's such a pain! I've got 1/3 of a 5 gallon bucket filled with sand, then got the hose out and have been using the nozzle on full blast to get everything stirred up, then pouring it out and doing it again. I've literally rinsed this stuff like 15 times and it still doesn't look clear enough. Giving up for today.

Hopefully tomorrow I can get the rinsing finnished, then can start on the soil.

I knew it was going to be a lot of work, but I didn't think it'd be this bad! Had I known, I probably would have just spent the money and went with one of the other plant substrates.

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