so im fairly new to planted tanks. i tried growing plants a long, long time ago and had light success. however, i was bitten by the salt bug and have been doing saltwater tanks over the last decade.
i recently purchased a 35 long with old, beat up stand for 10$. seals were in-tact, though there was a ton of calcium build-up. soaked it in vinegar for 2 days, drained it, cleaned it, washed it with dish soap, rised it and finally, it is fit for duty.
i had it running (briefly) with some yellow labs(6, now in a QT tank til im finished with this one), black gravel. looked plain so thats when i decided to make it planted.
have the soil down now. am using miracle grow organic soil mix (no cow poop, just chicken poop). the layer is about 2 inches thick (what i was going for) and i used 1 and a half bags of the 18 quart bag.
currently, am draining most of the water (had it running for 24 hours with all 3 filters going to get out the finer stuff) and have already fished out the big pieces that floated.
i took a video of the tank before i tore it down and will post that in a few. must return to washing the sand, emptying the tank and preparing for more cloudiness