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| | Re: Harmful or Harmless?
Originally Posted by EvanC
I have siphoned it out during water changes, but it keeps accumulating- I guess I should just stay on it till itís gone?
Yes. How are the plants doing? They look like they're okay.
You could gently poke the substrate just before the siphoning/water change to remove some of the DOC and aerate the soil.
A freshly submerged terrestrial soil goes through a period of chaos or accelerated decomposition the first 4-6 weeks. You can address the chaos by mineralizing the soil beforehand in a bucket as Michael does. I like to do it in the tank itself, but admittedly it does require "staying on top of things."