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Using Dirt as Substrate??

I will be setting up a new tank with one Fluval fresh and plant light fixture and no CO2. I do not intend on keeping high tech plants but definitely some medium tech.
Should I have two inches of dirt and then a one-inch covering of pool filter sand? Would that be good for the plants and fish? What dirt should I get?
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I find it is somewhat a balance between what is easy and what makes things work better. Dirt can be good for some fussy plants but then it is also prone to being a problem. Depending how much digging, moving plants is done. I find dirt alone to be more trouble than I want as I rarely leave things alone for long and don't like the mess for the small advantage it seems to give me for the plants I use. I do have more of a mix than planned as I do use dirt in pots and that dirt often gets spilled into the tank but with it mixed into the sand, gravel and Flourite that I use most, it gives me little trouble.
But I simply use what I find in the garden and don't work with plants that don't work easy for me to use.
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1" of dirt/topsoil
1.25-1.5" of cap

Sift all dirt from wood chips and such and soak it to remove anything that floats with a net.

I'm not recommending it but I use Miracle-Gro garden soil all purpose in a big green bag.
Mixed with Scott's Premium Topsoil.

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