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Yeah.. im glad i havent used it but got a lil bit of it only though. I cant imagine what disater it could have been if i did use it.
I accidently bought some mushroom soil, soil that was taken from a farm where mushrooms were raised and which was intended to grow plants that needed a lot of nutrients and it was also supposed to produce rapid growth. I actually used it in a tank and didn't realize it until I added water. The water went from 0 to 50, from clear to tannin stained almost instantly. I tried water changes and carbon in the filter to remove the tannins, but it was the color of really dark tea and never lightened up. I started to get some weird things growing in it as well. I never added plants or fish and ended up breaking the tank down and starting over.

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I accidently bought some mushroom soil, soil that was taken from a farm where mushrooms were raised and which was intended to grow plants that needed a lot of nutrients and it was also supposed to produce rapid growth. I actually used it in a tank and didn't realize it until I added water. The water went from 0 to 50, from clear to tannin stained almost instantly. I tried water changes and carbon in the filter to remove the tannins, but it was the color of really dark tea and never lightened up. I started to get some weird things growing in it as well. I never added plants or fish and ended up breaking the tank down and starting over.

WYite
Why did you break it down? You could do your own mushroom farm *^* kidding. Sorry it happened, doesnt found fun. It was ammonia that has risen from 0 to 50ppm?
 

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Why did you break it down? You could do your own mushroom farm *^* kidding. Sorry it happened, doesnt found fun. It was ammonia that has risen from 0 to 50ppm?
LOL. No. 0-50 is an expression. Car advertisements always advertise that a car will go from 0 to 50 mph in so many seconds, like 0 to 50 in 2 seconds. It just means it happened almost instantly.

After that happened I figured I better boil all the driftwood because it had all kind of fuzz and even some more solid things starting to grow on it. There was also this moving slime-mold looking stuff that gradually moved across the back glass. I don't know if there are any aquatic slime-molds, but I wasn't going to take any chances so rinsed the tank with bleach after it was empty.

If it wasn't for that slimy stuff I might have let it go just to see how it played out, but caution is th ebetter part of valor.

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In my experience, the slime stuff you get on driftwood is bacteria and fish/inverts will just eat it.. it's normally harmless.

And not sure there's anything problematic from mushroom soil,lust like any other soil it should be fine if capped properly.
 
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LOL. No. 0-50 is an expression. Car advertisements always advertise that a car will go from 0 to 50 mph in so many seconds, like 0 to 50 in 2 seconds. It just means it happened almost instantly.

After that happened I figured I better boil all the driftwood because it had all kind of fuzz and even some more solid things starting to grow on it. There was also this moving slime-mold looking stuff that gradually moved across the back glass. I don't know if there are any aquatic slime-molds, but I wasn't going to take any chances so rinsed the tank with bleach after it was empty.

If it wasn't for that slimy stuff I might have let it go just to see how it played out, but caution is th ebetter part of valor.

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That sounds absolutely terrifying, like an alien fungus invasion :0
 

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In my experience, the slime stuff you get on driftwood is bacteria and fish/inverts will just eat it.. it's normally harmless.

And not sure there's anything problematic from mushroom soil,lust like any other soil it should be fine if capped properly.
Well i suppose so, should be even more fine if bigger stuff as in wood chips be removed AND then capped properly. Not criticizing or anything, finally we all make mistakes. I remember when the soil was slightly rising up in my smaller walstad.
 

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Still not gonna do soil 😹
 
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