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I was mixing a batch of flake soil and as I mixed it I noticed it smelt very much like feces. I’ve heard that means the wood is rotten. I decided to keep it for a few more days, and checked it again and that fecal smell has been replaced with more of an earthy smell. The bad smell has completely gone away.

 

is the soil good still? Or should I discard it?

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I think most likely it is fine. The rotten smell was probably because it was still fermenting. I would wait another week and smell it again to be safe. If you want to be extra careful, try some with one larvae and see if it eats it and there is lots of frass.

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Hard to tell by your explanation, but if your substrate is too wet and smells like feces, can be NOT GOOD to use it right away. Try to dry it out for the next couple days, and see how things are. If it is still in process of fermentation, may be okay as Garin has mentioned, but if it smells like that when finished, not so good.

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On 7/10/2022 at 9:33 AM, JKim said:

Hard to tell by your explanation, but if your substrate is too wet and smells like feces, can be NOT GOOD to use it right away. Try to dry it out for the next couple days, and see how things are. If it is still in process of fermentation, may be okay as Garin has mentioned, but if it smells like that when finished, not so good.

The smell has gone away. It’s been replaced by an earthy smell. Definitely not too wet, it was drier before and now that it has softened it’s started to hold its shape better. Rain/humidity isn’t a factor either as I’m doing this indoors.

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On 7/11/2022 at 7:45 AM, Ratmosphere said:

If it is light in color, slimy, soaked, and smells like feces, do NOT use it. 

If the substrate smells earthy and is dark then it is probably fine!

It is dark, not slimy, and no longer stinky, I think it’s good :)

 

I had another batch that had lighter Color spots at the bottom that smelt like complete poop. Discarded that batch though. It got rained on hard a few times and wasn’t mixed that well. We all gotta make mistakes to learn haha

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I made my first batch of flake soil around a week ago. For the first four days, the flake soil smelled very sweet like juice. However, after the 5th day, it started to smell like urine. I put the soil in a polypropylene bag and tied it up under very hot weather conditions. Is that why it smells like urine? Also, is my soil still good to use if I let it aerate for a couple days? Thanks ♥

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