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Old 07-01-2013, 08:54 AM   #1 
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Rinsing Miracle grow-It all pretty much floats-Pointers?

I see some people rinse their soil before putting it in the tank. So this I tried that. Most of it floats and I also know people are sifting it out. Which for the most part would leave one without any soil. I am guessing the most effective way to do this is to simply take the soil back out in squeezing out the moisture and then put it in the tank and weigh it down with your sand and gravel.

In the "The Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" she doesn't rinse at all you just put the dirt in the tank add enough water to barely cover the dirt let it sit for a day then come back and cap it. Then fill your tank partly. Let it settle again. Do a small water change then add your filter heater and plants. Then next day you let the filter run to clear up the water. Then add fish.

Either way I can see this could be a mess. Does anyone have any pointers?
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:02 AM   #2 
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I think you are supposed to add it while the tank is dry, then cap it with your sand. Pretty sure you don't have to rinse, you might end up with a muddy mess if you do.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:04 AM   #3 
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We just used organic miracle grow potting soil, covered, planted and went with it all in the same day. No sifting, no soaking and our tanks have done fine. So long as you do not move plants around like crazy for the first 6 months before the soil mucus builds up and sticks all the soil together you should be fine. Miracle grow has more mulch in it for the fertilizer part than regular top soil, top soil is more dirt. You could mix half miracle grow and half top soil if you wanted to. The soaking and drying repeatedly is to lessen the tannins that leach into the water and to prevent any beginning ammonia spikes, which if you do a fishless start shouldn't be a problem anyway. We never had an issue with ammonia anyway, i just read that part on the internet.

We didn't have a problem, our plants are growing splendidly and our fish are happy - with regular organic miracle grow soil.
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Fortunately it was done in a bucket. Peachi is the topsoil you use organic or is just the cheap bagged stuff like they sell at Lowes for lawns?
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Fortunately it was done in a bucket. Peachi is the topsoil you use organic or is just the cheap bagged stuff like they sell at Lowes for lawns?
Just plain cheap top soil, any brand you are comfortable with.
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