Thank you for the reply. I def want to upgrade the lights on this tank. Do you feel on strip of t8 or t5 will do the trick. Also i am running Flourite under the gravel with some mixed in the gravel. but im thinking of putting organic soil under then capping it with this grave. Any suggestion. Thanks again.
A single T8 strip would work fine. You might need CO2 or Excel with a single T5NO strip, and would definitely need CO2/Excel with T5HO.
You can work with what you have, or you can try the organic soil underneath if you want- just be aware you'll need about a 2" cap on top to hold it down, and that will take up a lot of room in a small tank like a 10gal.
Not to jack the thread but I plan on doing a capped soil as well would like more insight regarding techniques used in rinsing and what not.
There are several different soil substrate techniques. Making mineralized topsoil (MTS) requires quite a bit of rinsing- you process the soil through several wet and dry phases.
If you're just using Miracle Gro Oraganic Choice potting soil, you don't need to rinse it. Some people do sift it to pull out the larger clumps and pieces of bark. Sifting would probably be a really good idea especially for small tanks, but I didn't worry about it for my 90gal or 46gal.
Other brands of organic soil I cannot speak towards, as the Miracle Gro is the only one I have used. I would be nervous of soils containing high percentages of compost and/or manure, though, as I think those would likely leech into water and possibly cause ammonia spikes and/or algae blooms, even with a cap. Those types of soils should probably be mineralized before use?