Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Clarksville, TN
Making Mud Pies, my 20 Dirt Tank Journal
I found this tank on Craigslist and thought it was a good deal. 35$ got me the tank and a Marineland 200 HOB filter. It came with a glass top, but it doesn't fit all the way. Eh, not a bad deal in the end. I now have a tank that fits the stand instead of being too small, that makes me happy..
I decided to go MTS capped with PFS with this one, since I have been using so much stuff in the PFS of my big tank. I figured this must be way better than having inert substrate. Lucky for me, I found a member who was willing to sell me some of his dirt and the additives for it too..
So my journey begins. I have no idea what I am doing, only working off of the advice given with the dirt and what I have learned here.
I am still working on finding plants to fill it up. I do have wisteria like there is a shortage, but didn't really want to use that much here. So I have here what I know, there are at least 2 things I am unsure what they are and haven't looked them up yet. Will add them when I get unlazy
A Crypt of some kind
Apongenton of some kind
I am still undecided of what fish I am going to stock this with. I will wait until I get the filter running and make sure the soil doesn't leach ammonia etc.
I am also going today to look for some slate rock pieces and I am looking for driftwood too. I eventually would like to get an long fin blue eyed Pleco.
So here I am, these are a few shots of my process. I forgot to get a good shot before I put the cap on, so there is a last minute shot of the actual dirt. The first shot is what I had before I started the change over. It was just the pool filter sand. I am looking for my light set up, what is there is only temporary until I upgrade that.
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