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I am about to set up a new 55g and planned to use soilmaster select. However, I really like the idea of using the soilmaster to cap mineralized soil. Unfortunately, it is now cold outside. Given the fact that the last bag of topsoil I put on my outdoor flower beds was very rich with heavy chunky organic matter, I anticipate that it would take a fairly large number of soak/dry cycles for the bacteria to break it down. This means waiting until spring unless I "cure" the topsoil in the basement. The latter will not make me popular, particularly if it stinks.

Has anybody done this indoors? If you have done it outdoors, is it odiferous?

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I've done it in my basement, no, not stinky. Dry times take longer, which isn't a bad thing necessarily, lets the bacteria to their job.

If you have a window or doorway that gets light in, set the tarp for drying there.
 

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i did mine half outdoors and half in the garage. the garage portion was almost as fast as outdoors as i put it out on a tarp and put a fan to it. every day i would pile it up and redistribute it, dried much faster than expected and no smell at all.
 
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