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My new hobby?

This is my new hobby me and my wife got a 10g tank about a month ago and knew nothing about fish or plants. Now that I've been reading I want to try a planted tank but did not want to make a mess in my 10g since I'm new to this stuff. I had a little 3.83g that I just put organic potting soil in today with a little water. I'm using a old desk lamp with a 15w plant light. I have two plants that I grew in my 10g with just gravel and they are not growing right that's why I want to test out this soil in a small tank before I make a mess in the 10g. Do I have to put gravel in this to keep the soil down? Is the soil going to settle down over night? What do I need to know?



The plant I grew is the green one to the left and the plant to the right I bough from a lfs. I'm not even sure what they are. As you can see they are not doing that great just planted in gravel and nothing else.

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The correct way to dirt a tank is the cap it with gravel, sand, or anything else you want to really. This will hold the soil down, and stop it from floating into the water column. Then, fill the tank GENTLY. You don't want the force of the water to be cutting into the gravel/soil. Use a dish or something to catch the water force. You should have very minimal, if any, soil in the water. My tanks are 100% clear the very first day.
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I already did it wrong. So I will put the soil than some gravel and pour a little water in the tank? How much soil do I need?
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Welcome to the forum. As far as doing it wrong. I wouldn't worry about it. You came to a great place for answers. I wish I could help you but I've never did a dirt tank so I can't help you in that regard.
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Thanks. I'm going to have to redo it tomorrow. I was wondering what I was doing wrong lucky I have enough soil and a extra bag of gravel. After I do this can I plant the two plants from my 10g right away?
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Well if you planned on a Dry-Start you did it perfectly, but I'm assuming that wasn't the goal so I'd agree, something to cap the soil with, I would suggest something dark (preferably black).
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I have some blue gravel that I'm going to use since this tank is just a hands on rough draft for my 10g. Why is the water so dirty? I put the soil in and than the gravel after I had rinse that out.
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I have some blue gravel that I'm going to use since this tank is just a hands on rough draft for my 10g. Why is the water so dirty? I put the soil in and than the gravel after I had rinse that out.
Are you running a filter, any dirt should settle or get sucked into the filter within a few hours. Also, I dont know how gently you filled it, but if you just dumped water in or used a faucet, chances are you kicked up way too much soil than needed.

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Not on this small tank. My 10g has fish in it so I can't plant nothing in there. I was not planning on keeping fish in this little tank.
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