Have you ever had your soaked soil get moldy? Is it usable? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
 
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-08-2016, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Have you ever had your soaked soil get moldy? Is it usable?

I don't normally soak soil and I have not had any serious algae problems. I am trying it out to see how the tank compares to any other I've set up.

I soaked and dried soil for a couple of months and toward the end mold grew on the surface of the soil. I scraped the moldy parts off threw them out. I know soil technically is the result of the breakdown of organic materials from bacteria and mold. As far as I know it naturally contains mold. I don't think it should harm my fish but I wanted see if you'd had this result before and if you'd used your soil thereafter.


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Is the soil aquarium-specific soil or is it for a garden or taken from your yard? If it's aquarium soil you shouldn't have to soak and dry it, otherwise you'll lose nutrients and stuff in it that can help plants grow.
If it's the other two I would suggest not using it at all. There could be chemicals lingering there that can harm your fish. http://pets.thenest.com/make-own-aqu...oil-12198.html This site has some information, 'baking' it could remove the mold you're seeing. Ultimately though buy aquarium-specific soil and that only.
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It's Miracle Grow Organics Potting soil which many people use for NPT's.


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It should be okay, as long as it's washed or baked it should be fine to put into the tank. Read a bit about that soil type in aquariums and it seems fine, apparently if it's straight from the bag and fresh it can cause ammonia spikes though, so that soak and dry method you've been doing is good (besides the mold factor :D). I've done something similar before, but it was peat taken from my backyard and placed in a bin of water, then that water was put in my tank and it was fine with my fish - considering that the soil you want to add is organic, yours is probably a lot safer than the peat water I put in!
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