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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-26-2014, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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150 getting dirty

Decided to finally switch to dirt. Using 1 inch of MGOPM thin layer of kitty litter for clay and 1 1/2 inches of gravel that originally started with 2 years ago. Here's day 1 progress Click image for larger version

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more pictures this looks like a good start for some plants

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Be interesting to see how this grows. I'm also a fan of pea gravel. It seems to hide so much junk.
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Question dirt as substrate

How do you keep from mixing the layers together while vacuuming during water changes?
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You don't gravel vac a planted tank. You just let the crud collect and feed the plants.
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I like to fan the bottom to get the debris floating and just vac the water up. I also like to use a net to pick up the large debris pieces.
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Day 2 km vClick image for larger version

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Thanks guys. Added plants and did a couple of water changes. Like the v said haven't vacuumed cancel in about 3 years just skim top of gravel I think it help with ferts.

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Get ready for a few diatoms :-)
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Yeah woke up this morning giant hairgrass up rooted doing major water change today lol it's definitely been a learning experience but fun

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Hoping just running two 60 watts Cfls Will keep algae at bay

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Week one done doing major water change to clear water. Everything pretty must melted which I wasn't expecting but getting new growth. No big algae bloom yet either which I hope is a good sign. Click image for larger version

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Week 2 changed hardscape added some jungle val, micro sword, albino corycats and one fish don't remember name I'll post a pic of it hopefully someone knows lol Click image for larger version

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Also added 2 dwarf guoramis. So far no problems with algae, and a lot of new growth. I don't think anubias liked the ammonia spike though they pretty much wilted but getting good green roots now on them

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