Hello Dirt and NPT People,
here is my 2 month update on the 610 gallon dirt tank beast. I think I'm getting balanced, because all my water parameters look great, and I'm getting pearling and no algae blooms, the gas release from the substrate is getting lighter and smaller. I figure in about 2 to 3 weeks I may put fish in or maybe Cherry Red Shrimp first. I am still fertilizing, but I'm thinking about substrate fertilizing only and CO2 injection after its balances. My Spatterdock 'Cape Fear' is growing bigger and faster than I thought it would; my Tiger Lotus, Red & Green are sending out lilly-pads like mad, at least 10 have been cut back from the surface; Ludwigia - Cuba was cut and replanted once; dwarf sag. & Blyxa Japonica is filling in nicely and Staurogyne repens is also filling in slowly. My two Crinum natans are growing slowly but steadily. Everything is growing pretty large and I am doing weekly tank maintenance to keep them in check. I will keep you posted.
Last edited by perchmonger; 09-19-2013 at 05:30 AM.
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I have earlier threads which would give you the dimensions next to my 8 ft ladder, but I'll give you them again 96 inches long X 48 inches tall X 36 inches wide, 4900 lbs filled. 3- 6 ton rated support columns at the building support beam are under this beast!
I only get in and walk around in it to put the dirt and plants in it, if I step in it now it would mess up the aquascape, so I have 48 inch tongs, 36 inch grass sheers to cut and 24 inch tweezers that I use when I do 60% water changes and add plants, that is when I lean in or get on top.