|11-02-2014 02:19 AM|
|gene4christ||Sounds great. Be sure and keep us posted on the progress. I did not put dirt under the open swim area either.|
|11-02-2014 02:03 AM|
|knm<><||Thanks, I'm using miracle gro organic potting soil with pool filter sand cap. This will be my first dirt tank too. I usually use Eco complete. I bought some garden edging and cut it down to about 2.5 inches tall as a border. Only about half the tank will be dirtied, the rest sand. I didn't see the point of dirting the open swimming area. I like how you did a gravel cap transitioning to sand, looks cool. I'm doing a native sunfish tank so I will be mixing gravel into my sand and have a lot of large rocks and driftwood. Also looking to use native plants only. Everything will be native except for the wood I bought. I'm pretty sure it's african hardwood. Thanks for the info!|
|11-01-2014 05:09 PM|
|gene4christ||One thing I want to stress when it comes to filling your tank , is to be very careful not to disturb the substrate ! IT IS DIRT under there ! As a side note I have never been a fan of regular water changes. It seems to me that if your filter is doing what it is supposed to do and you are NOT over feeding or over stocking your tank, it will be better off if the only water change you do is when you do your tank maintenance . I normally end up changing about 3gal. of water when I clean the bottom of the tank of visible gunk, about every two weeks or so . Another thing I NEVER use tap water ! I use Gerber pure, it is less than a dollar a gallon. Just make sure what ever water you get has NO Fluoride added !!! The only time I use tap water is when I first flood the tank but I use as much Gerber as I can afford then as well. When you use any tap water be sure and use the appropriate Water Conditioner to neutralize the added chemicals in it . One last thought when you change or clean your filter NEVER use tap water to clean the filter medium because it will kill off the GOOD Bacteria culture you have in it ! Just rinse it out good with either some of your tank water or some of the new water you have, I always buy an extra gallon just for this. Really all you want to do when you maintenance your filter is make sure the moving parts are able to move freely and that water can flow freely through the medium. Just rinse everything good do not over clean ! OK MY 2 CENTS WORTH !|
|10-27-2014 03:27 AM|
|gene4christ||I used Organic Miracle-grow for the dirt. I tried to get as much of the wood and plant debris out as I could before adding it to the tank. you will notice that I have a plastic grid in the front and sides this is to keep the dirt away from the viewing part of the tank and also keep the sand from mixing with the gravel as much. I placed about 2" or so of dirt on the inside of the grid only then added about 3' of gravel on top of it with sand in the front and sides. Now this was what turned out to be the most important thing I did, I add only enough water to soak to the top of the gravel added my driftwood rocks and some plants and without flooding the tank let it cycle for two weeks . Not sure if this is the reason but after I flooded the tank and turned the filter on the water cleared up and I never had any kind of bacteria bloom or algae bloom, nope nothing adverse. The only algae that I have had is what you see, and never any cloudiness. So yes I recommend using Organic Miracle-grow. Hope this helps , and it works as well for you as it has for me BTW this my second planted tank the first was a 30gal. and not a dirt tank and by far the dirt is the way to go.|
|10-26-2014 12:06 AM|
|knm<><||Can you share some detail about your substrate layers?|
|10-25-2014 11:48 PM|
|knm<><||I love your tank! I'm about to do something similar with my 75 gallon I just picked up this week. I'm still building the stand right now, so it will be a while yet.|
|10-25-2014 09:40 PM|
|gene4christ||Don't know what happened to the Clown Loach but he expired. Might have been the temp it is at 80-82 degrees. Here is the outcome of my first pruning and rescape on the left side .|
|10-10-2014 11:17 PM|
Love your tank and the drift wood. Crypt wendtti can indeed get 16" at least I just took a bunch out of my 120 and it was as big and as tall as a 5 gallon bucket, filled it completely.
Tank looks very health, crystal clear water.
Do you just have 1 clown loach?
I love Clown Loaches a friend of mine has 6 in his 360 and they are all 6 inches. They are a long term commitment though they can live for 30 or so years. When yours gets bigger you might have a mess in there with the dirt.
|10-10-2014 10:17 PM|
This is my tank and still have not done any trimming. I think it looks fine but I am thinking about adding some Java Fern on the Driftwood on the left in front of the filter tube.
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|08-23-2014 10:32 PM|
|Blackheart||your tank looks great|
|08-23-2014 04:20 PM|
The only thing I use is -Seachem Flourish- 10ml. Twice weekly.
|08-23-2014 03:53 PM|
|robsworld78||Nice tank! Looks like the plants love the dirt. I just planted my first tank about 6 weeks ago using soil and plants are thriving. Do you use any fertilizer?|
|08-23-2014 03:41 PM|
|gene4christ||This is my tank as of 8/23/14 still have not done any trimming. I have been thinking about adding a few Discus but not sure they would be ok with the rest of the fish.|
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