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Ok so i already have a cycled planted 5.5 gallon tank with 2 mysteries and a betta. I am using pool filter sand and white gravel right now. I am planning on tearing it down and using dirt with a sand cap(using what sand is already in it) how long should i wait before i add my snails and fish back in.all im pretty much doing is adding the dirt and a mild clean of the glass). And using everything thats all ready in it.Of course im keeping everything in old tank water as i set up
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-10-2019, 12:49 AM
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Starting with sand that already has established bacteria colony I’d probably say 2 weeks but can vary depending on how humic soil is, how deep you make it and how much ammonia it’s releasing. You’ll just have to monitor ammonia levels, do water changes as needed to keep it at 3-5ppm and when it gets to zero you should be ready to go.
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Basically its going to depend on the soil you use. Potting soil with added nutrients will take way longer than dead soil. Ive used dirt from outside, and ive used potting soil. I found the potting soil took several weeks longer than the soil from my backyard. Just use whichever soil you wish (ive had the best results with clay soils because it holds more nutrients longer) and keep testing your water every few days. Also, the white fuzz (bacteria) will give you a good indication of whats going on in the water column.
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SO following along as i have the 5.5 dirted as well..
Questin though... do you have to feed the snails supplementary food like wafers or something?
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