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Dirted tank

I've heard a lot of opinions on dirting a tank, mostly negative. So I went ahead and did it anyway and I can tell you one month in my plants are thriving my tank is clean and fish happy.
Just thought I'd throw that out there.
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Did you just use some dirt from your backyard?
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I did a dirt nano at one point. plants grew great, but I like to move plants around until I get it just right.... and that made a mess lol
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all my tanks have dirt mixed with clay litter and my plants grow like mad
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Did you just use some dirt from your backyard?
Basically yes. In that its a common dirt. I bought 2 bags of topsoil from the hardware store, nothing special, just top soil. NOAHMA is right though. Once you plant your dirt tank you have to leave it alone as disturbing the dirt layer makes a mess of your tank
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I've also dirted a few tanks and that is my only issue, rescaping. But, all the other negative stuff you hear is probably because someone did something wrong

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I use dirt capped with sand in all my tanks. Yesterday I did a major remodel in one. Plants with large roots do make quite a mess when they are removed. Often I will remove all the water first but I didn't have any place else to put these fish so I just did it with about 25% of the water still in the tank. It helps to turn off the filter and not have any water flow. After 24 hours the tank settled out. I vacuumed the residual dirt off the plants and filled up the tank. Still a bit of a mess but clearing up I will vacuum it again today and finish filling it.
If I had a better filter on the tank I would just run it with floss for 24 hours and clean up the residue that way but I just have a small internal filter on this tank. Not that big of a problem. The dirt makes up for the bother with good growth and the fact that it is so cheap.
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Had a 90 and 75 all with dirt and won't likely use much else in the future - of course its capped with whatever i have lying around. I found that the first few months are relatively messy if you like to shuffle things about, however, after that the soil has, in my opinion, not been a whole lot messier at all than anything else you'd throw in. It really seems to settle down. Most gravels will have some fine particular matter too that swirls about. Its a matter of easing the roots out as opposed to yanking, although good filtration does help when you move really big plants.
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