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I have heard that one needs to permit the soil to settle and mature first prior to filling a tank. that's the only reason I haven't done that yet. I am a touch impatient.

What was described, was they submerse the soil only a little and let the bacteria colonies establish in the soil. Basically, cycling the soil. These people were using pressurised CO2, so they planted hermanthus emmersed and then when they submersed the tank, they did it ever so gently so as to not disturb the soil. The whole procedure took around a 1 - 2 months but the aquarium is fantastic.

The fellow, I think it's Dusko, said that the soil has to go through a massive change from being in air to underwater.
 
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