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Old 02-22-2013, 02:37 AM   #3
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I decided to dirt my 5 gal tank. I used miracle gro organic choice potting mix, I only did and inch deep and left about a fingers width from all the sides in the tank so when I placed the sand in the tank you wouldn't see the dirt layer and sand on top. I used aquarium sand that I bought at my LFS and just rinsed it out and capped over the dirt about 2 inches and worked a sloped upwards toward the back of the tank. It was pretty easy but time consuming but worth it. I see very good growth now. Plating was fairly easy as I have a planting kit which makes it easy to plant everything. To clean it I use a small siphon and just whirl over where ever it's dirty and then it gets sucked into the siphon. Here is a pic so you can see for yourself
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