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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Q's about rocks in a dirt tank

Is it possible to use 'larger' rocks in a 10 gal dirt tank? Would the dirt being MTS make a difference? I know to avoid sloping and such but I hate the idea of having a "flatland" that's so common with dirt tanks.

I am thinking of having an iwagumi-esque rocky outcropping to one of the back corners but am very wary about anaerobic spots developing under my hardscape. I was thinking about maybe sectioning that corner off and just use regular sand and create my hardscape on that. Would this work? Or does the entire bottom of the tank have to be dirt?
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I've got river rock in my 55 dirt. No problems.

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It should not be a a problem. However, you mentioned slopes. To me that is very important to the look you are trying to achieve. It will make it very hard to add slopes (while getting the benefit of soil) as you would either end up with a very thick cap which will take a long time for the roots to get to, or a thin cap, shaping the dirt, which may make the dirt visible as the slopes shift over time.

I am not saying it can't be done but in this type of scape, I have always avoided soil. The way I have done it, I would end up with a far to large of amount of soil, or a far to big of a cap. Depending on what plants you use, they may not really need much from the root side. Many foreground plants are stems and many grasses don't seem to need much nutrients from the substrate.

Only only say this because dirt can become a pain so if you feel any reason to avoid it, I would just avoid it. I love using dirt, don't get me wrong, but many tanks I have done, and will do in the future will not see dirt, mainly because of design.


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