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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 01:27 AM
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Yep
Regarding the gas bubbles - depends highly in the dirt in question.
I don't get any of that with the soil I collect - from the bag yes.
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Add organic dirt and cap it!
That is what i did http://fishtankprojects.com/dirted-t...-aquarium.html
Just curious when you guys say add soil add cap it, do you literally mean you dump the wet soil in and cap it with sand? No other additives or fertilizers, only dirt and sand?
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Yep! Organic soil is already full of nutrients. You shouldn't need to add any additional ones for quite some time
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I have a tank that I dumped soil in and capped with pool filter sand that is an amazing low tech zero maintenance tank. Then I dirted a 20long but sifted all the big wood out and capped it and had nothing but issues with the tank so I broke it down and went a different route. There are so many different ways to go about it is say do what feels right and let the plants tell u how it's working
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I have a tank that I dumped soil in and capped with pool filter sand that is an amazing low tech zero maintenance tank. Then I dirted a 20long but sifted all the big wood out and capped it and had nothing but issues with the tank so I broke it down and went a different route. There are so many different ways to go about it is say do what feels right and let the plants tell u how it's working
I sifted the dirt in my tank and had no problems yet. How thick was your cap?

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With dirt and cap it was around 3", what I believe was the problem is I used safe t sorb as the cap and laid a thin layer under the dirt then dirted then capped it. So I think the thin layer created air pockets that harbors anaerobic bacteria. The tank did Greg at first and then went to [censored][censored][censored][censored] fast. My 10 dirted I poured and capped with Pfs and it just plugs along. I trim and pull as needed and have no issues.
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I was thinking of throwing some nicer looking gravel on top of the tank to make it look better. Would that be better?

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Depends on what plants you want to grow. Some plants do just fine with a gravel cap, others (especially carpeting plants) can't stand it.

Generally plants with deep strong root systems like Swords do just fine. Crypts will grow in it but will not spread as easily as a finer substrate.
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