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Old 03-23-2013, 06:40 PM   #1 
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is it supposed to smell this bad??

I bought some miracle gro organic potters mix and put it in a 5 gallon bucket with some water in it and let it sit. I read it was best to it let sit for a few wks before introducing plants and fish. Its been maybe 2 weeks and I checked on it yesterday by hand mixing the soil and it let out a massive gag inducing smell. The smell is a cross between a baby diaper and rotting garage, is this supposed to be normal?
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:22 PM   #2 
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Well if there's no water movement the water could get stagnant which would then smell. Do you have a filter or anything on it? Think of a pond, there's no fresh water coming into it, nothing moving the water around. At least that's my thought, I could be wrong.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:02 AM   #3 
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i used that soil in mine. i did not presoak it. i dont know if that was a problem or not for me. i had alot of algae growth and a bad sulfur/rotten egg smell from my planted tank when the gas was released from under the sand cap. i had to burp the soil to release the gas. eventually enough plants started growing and now there is alot less gas being released and the smell is pretty much gone.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:25 AM   #4 
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i used that soil in mine. i did not presoak it. i dont know if that was a problem or not for me. i had alot of algae growth and a bad sulfur/rotten egg smell from my planted tank when the gas was released from under the sand cap. i had to burp the soil to release the gas. eventually enough plants started growing and now there is alot less gas being released and the smell is pretty much gone.
i mixed it around earlier today too, hopefully it will dissipate over the next few days and then i will buy my 20 long for it. of course if it still smells bad, i will let it sit in the garage til week six til i start planting, definately do not want that in the bedroom sinkin up the place :P
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:00 AM   #5 
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the smell is just the gas released from the organic matter breaking down. when u have your tank set up you will have to manually poke into the soil with choosticks ornsomethibg to release these gas pockets. if you dont you will get a big bubble releasing on its own which can be lethal to the fish as well as make a big mess. you can also out trumpet snails in the tank which burrownin the soil and release the gas for you. I suggest the snails.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:00 AM   #6 
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Yes. That smell is why you are soaking your dirt first
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