Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Herndon, Virginia
Options with sand
So, I am planning to setup a new tank. It will probably be 15-20 gallons. Or it could be bigger, havent setup my mind yet. For this post, I think the size doesnt matter. But please do correct me if I am wrong. First, I will add what I am planning to do. And then take a look at the questions that I need help with. And finally, please do feel free to add anything that I may have left out, or something I should look out for, or must do. lol
Get dirt from homedepot/lowes, miracle grow potted soil or something similar to that. Put them through strainer to filter out all the big chunks. About one inch of it. Then add anything else that I may need; such as Mexican Clay. And then, cap it with Pool Sand. Needless to say, I will need to wash the sand throughly.
At the moment, I have the same setup, but with gravel. So, since I never used it before, I want to learn all I can so that it can be least stressful for my fish and plants. I have been doing some research and learned a whole lot deal for sand. That being said, here are the questions that I need help with.
1. Having both sand and dirt, how do I handle gas pockets? I saw people rake it with their fingers, but their tanks are plain sand and most of the time, no plants. But because I do have plants, and dirt, what are my options?
2. I want to add organic Miracle Grow potted soil. Is there any brand that would work better than the others? Or add convenience to it?
3. Then I want to add AMACO Mexican Self-Hardening Clay in disk shape (in the dirt) to provide Iron.
- Does that sound good for Iron?
- What else do I need to add there? Any names/brands would be really helpful.
4. I was also looking at getting Activ-Flora Floracor for Aquarium, 16-Pound, Red. Would that sub for everything including iron?
Again, please do advice anything that you think I am missing.