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What kind of dirt can I use in an aquarium?

I am rescaping my 10g betta tank. I already have all the supplies- including my top substrate, which is a natural fine gravel- CaribSea. However, I need a nutrient-filled substrate, and preferably inexpensive and pH neutral. I looked around and saw that dirt could be an option. Any input/feedback on that? For plants I have:

Dense Anacharis
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Baby Tears

I know these are Low-Tech but I am still going to use ferts and the special substrate.
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If you have Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides) they will probably require a CO2 system and appropriate lighting as they are quite a demanding species. I can't comment on using dirt as I've never used it myself but many others have success with it
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If you have Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides) they will probably require a CO2 system and appropriate lighting as they are quite a demanding species. I can't comment on using dirt as I've never used it myself but many others have success with it
Well I will have a good light, and I may consider CO2- there is one system that I have looked into getting so I might as well get it- I didn't realise baby tears needed CO2, but thanks for the heads up, so now that I look at it, the tank is gonna be 'Mid-Tech' I guess.
One more question, when you look up baby tears, all the plants are carpeting, but the one I got is taller- more of a stem-like plant. Does that mean anything? I don't know- I am really just all over the place lol.
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Not sure, if you could upload a picture of it that would help massively!


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Dwarf Baby Tears is Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC), Baby Tears is Hemianthus micranthemoides and doesn't usually grow as compact.
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Dwarf Baby Tears is Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC), Baby Tears is Hemianthus micranthemoides and doesn't usually grow as compact.
My mistake!
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I've used dirt before, and it actually provided the best growing tanks I've ever had. The most common kind is Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix, but recently I've seen people have great success with Fox Farm Ocean Forest Potting Soil. That's what I'm going to try this time.
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