Hmmm... soak or not?

Discussion in 'El Natural & Low Tech' started by bugs, 9 Oct 2008.

  1. bugs

    bugs Member

    7 Sep 2007
    Pond soil... Soak for X weeks (to see off all the oxygen starved nasties) or not???

    (When using in a tank as opposed to a pond).
  2. joeinlondon

    joeinlondon Member

    19 Sep 2008
    What is the theory behind soaking soil? I don't think there is any mention of it in Walstad's book, although I could be mistaken. She does say that it takes 6 weeks for the soil to 'activate' - is this something to do with why you want to soak it?

    I have recently set up an EN tank and I put the soil straight in (John Innes No.2), and three weeks on the plants are already growing (some of them well enough to make me look across to the other tank's CO2 injector with bemusement), and there is just a tiny bit of hair algae, so I think it is ready to go, from the word go as it were...

    What do you think?

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