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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-07-2015, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 55 gallon dirted tank. It's been up for two months. I dose ferts, inject co2, and have high light. I have miracle gro potting soil capped with pfs. It seems like my tank is doing really well in terms of growth and my fish seem happy. Although this is my first tank since I was a kid I messed up on the dirt. When I went to add it I didnt pour all the water out so the mix was a watery muddy sludge. Now when I go to plant on my right side of the tank the PFS is a lot shallower there and dirt comes up on top of my sand. I could buy a few more 5 gal buckets and then remove everything then add eco complete or just stick with what I have. I'm curious to know what you guys think? Also it deems like my tank has a lot of bubbles aswell which is the aneorbic build up I believe? It has the semi stinky smell when I poke my substrate.
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If by semi stinky you means rotten eggs, that's H2S. Not very good... Poke the soil gently with a stick to get rid of some. But don't over do it. Gases will alyays build up. After, dirt decomposes and produce several gases (carbon dioxyde, methane, H2S...)

If you like your tank "wild", leave it as is. One of my tanks has miracle gro capped with sand. And now it's like the sand disappeared... And it's pretty gassy too.


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-08-2015, 04:55 PM
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Pretty sure there's no harm in having some soil over the sand. You can always do one or both of these:

1. Add a little more sand to the thin section by hand.
2. Carefully vacuum up the dirt with a turkey baster. I had some issues setting up my first Walstad bowl with both capping correctly and adding the water too fast that resulted in a ton of dirt being released. The dirt is much lighter than the sand, so it's easy to separate the two with this method. Of course it'll take a lot more time with a 55 gallon, though!
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