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Question Switching to a high tech soil substrate, what should I do/know?

I am going to convert my current 29 gallon into a soil tank. It's Co2 injected and has 96 watts over it. The soil I will be using it MiracleGrow Organic choice. So other then not turning on the Co2 right away what should I do and or know?


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Anyone?

I just remembered that my associasstion has free soil for us to use. I am going to get some tonight or tomorrow to see how it looks.


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Is dirt hight tech?
I have no experience using gardening soil in a tank, but im sure there is a lot of info in google.


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When going dirt you need to plant the hell out of it.
Duckweed is the best sponge for this.
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Keep it well buried under gravel, try to leave it as undisturbed as possible.

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It will be hard to use 96 watts of any modern aquarium light on a standard 29 gallon tank without having high light. That will, by itself, eventually make you wish you were a low light addict. High light means lots of very well done maintenance and tank setup, plus a very good hand at adjusting CO2.

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When going dirt you need to plant the hell out of it.
Duckweed is the best sponge for this.
I could not agree more with this.

Any kind of aggressive planted tank strategy (high light, using a soil that hasn't been mineralized, etc.) can be made far more stable and reliable by simply increasing the plant mass to a high level.
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It will be hard to use 96 watts of any modern aquarium light on a standard 29 gallon tank without having high light. That will, by itself, eventually make you wish you were a low light addict. High light means lots of very well done maintenance and tank setup, plus a very good hand at adjusting CO2.
I stopped watching this and then it gets a post. Sorry guys.

I have two different lights for this tank. The one that is on it now ( 36" 96watt pc strip light) which I also feel gives me to much light and 30" 65watt pc strip light which is not enough for me. I would like to be in the middle somewhere but since I have these already I am kind of stuck with one or the other.

I am planing to plant the hell out of it just as soon as I get some cash, then I will swap the gravel and the tank as well. I am swapping the one I currently have with another 29 gallon that has it's back painted black because the one I have now just has a garbage bag on the back and I can see the water marks between the bag and glass.


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Also the association's soil was horrible, it had tons of rocks and sticks.


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If your 96 watt PC light is a Coralife light you are ok, but if it is an AH Supply light you will be up in the high light area.

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