[QUOTE=roadmaster;10841161]You could do this while keeping in mind just what is in potting mix that may have affect on water parameter's (ammonia/ammonium from possible organic matter or other additives).
Plain potting soil or top soil with no additives would be my choice.
Yes,I would cap the soil/ADA mix with sand or fine gravel.[/QU
I set up the tank and went somewhat overboard with the capping layer . I got about 3 " sand everywhere. When i flooded the tank after planting, there was no cloudiness. The water was clear. I set up my Eheim 250 canister filter( the filter is from the old tank and i haven't cleaned it) and when i checked in the morning, the tank is crystal clear. My question is
how often do i need to do water changes in this new tank ? its been 18 hours and i havent done any WC
My lights are 2 x 10 Watt Led flood lights about 4" height from the water surface. Its a low tech tank.
I have a ton of dwarf sage,
3 stems of Cabomba,
10 stems of Bacopa caroliniana,
a small bunch of Hygrophila polysperma,
8 Vallisnaria both nana and gigantea species
10 clumps of Hairgrass
12 Water lettuce
two clumps of java moss on driftwood.
No fish in there
Some ramshorns that hitchiked from old driftwood
some advice would be much appreciated!