Dirt vs others such as ADA or Stratum or Inert using Tabs or other Non-Dirt - The Planted Tank Forum
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Red face Dirt vs others such as ADA or Stratum or Inert using Tabs or other Non-Dirt

I used dirt for nearly a year and there were some amazing results with it, with the exception of maybe a few carpeted plants, but I attribute the failures on that front to my lack of experience and more than likely, lighting in particular.

After a nice run with my dirted (Miracle Grow Tank), it's time to clean it up and let it go. [/U]

Pros. Seems like practically anything grew without very much effort and I never put in ferts with the exception of an occasional Excel but even that wasn't needed and I quickly stopped with that. At first, I was pumping in Co2, this tank was growing like it was on fire. I turned off the Co2 and the plants continued to grow. I was using a two 6500K Marineland Plant LCD lights on a 55Gal tank. I grew a wide variety of plants, stems, s. repens, Ludwigia, Rotalia, Val, Amazon Sword, drawf hair grass,Tall Grass species and then some. I had Cherry Barbs, Roseline Sharks, Corydoras, Golden Zebra Loaches, clown plecos and a few others, here and there.

Cons. Algae war was uncontrollable and after a while, the algae war was lost and I grew tired of running a large UV sterilizer non-stop. I have a lot more fun with my non-dirted tanks because they are less damage control and I spend more time having fun and being creative. By dirt, I don't consider Fluval Stratum or ADA Aquasoil as it's an engineered, mana-made product whereas as dirt and Miracle Grow is albeit not entirely natural and it's produced, it's much closer comparison to "actual" dirt or top soil. I have a tank right now with Stratum that is doing great, I'm also in the process of doing a large low-tech setup that will have an inert substrate and or Stratum or ADA Aquasoil of some type.

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