will this work for my first dirt substrate tank?
I'm going to start setting up my first low- tech dirt substrate planted tank tomorrow. My plan is to use peat moss, top soil, and kitty litter, and then cap it with gravel from an established tank. I think the gravel i will be topping it with is flourite or a flourite gravel mix, but i'm not positive, because I'm not the one who originally set-up the tank.
I have a bag of spagnum peat moss setting around, and I read that it can absorb and hold nutrients(HIGH CEC) as well as lower ph. I am only planning to mix a little of it into the topsoil. Maybe 25%
The top soil is just the cheap stuff from walmart. I'm a use what you have kind of guy, but if the MGOCPS is that much better I will go get some. I'm thinking 1.5" of dirt.
I picked kitty litter, because I don't know where else to get clay cheap.
I was going to soak the topsoil, and peatmoss all day tomorrow, then add a layer of kitty litter, and then cap it with the gravel the next day.