Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Clarksville, TN
I think it will be easy once you change out your substrate. I personally like the finer gravel, or even pool filter sand works extremely well and its cheap. Have you decided where you are going to get your new dirt from? Did you add anything to the dirt when you set this up originally?
Here is a thought: bamaplants.com sells mineralized top soil by the bag for 5 bucks. They say it is enough to do a ten gallon tank, and it's a 3 lb bag. It also has dolomite and potash in a separate bag to be adding upon installation. Shipping is as cheap as he can ship it to you. I have not yet used his, but I have just ordered some and this is to convert my last planted tank to a dirt planted tank. I use pool filter sand as my cap and it holds fairly well. My bottom feeders like it too.
Try and locate a focal point piece for this tank and work from there around it. You could always check out other members tanks for inspiration...
I am sure that it will turn out to be a great tank, you have already completed the best step, locating this forum for help!
Good luck and I will keep up with your progress
Last edited by tlyons01; 05-10-2012 at 12:09 PM.