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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 09:24 PM
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Maybe try something like Safe-T-Sorb, it's pretty cheap, and doesn't look bad.

If you have an inch or two of pool sand over the dirt, it should slow the rate that anything from that leaches into the water column. You could also try rinsing the dirt to remove the easily soluble stuff.

I find it easier to set up the hardscape, then go get the plants and plant them, and then fill the tank and gradually add the critters, but that's just me.
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