many dirty questions
Hello, i am thinking of making my next planted tank, 55 gallons, a dirted tank. it would have a 1" dirt layer with a 0.5"-1" cap (black and yellow gravel, because that is what i have lol)
here are my questions
1. when doing a water change, do you siphon the ground, and how would this work, compared to a regular gravel bottomed tank? is there a video showing someone cleaning a dirted tank?
2. when doing stuff with the aquarium (moving plants, scaping...etc) the dirt gets suspended in the water, making it cloudy, is there a way to prevent this? i read somewhere you can remove the "light" dirt, so you can pick it up and it will all just fall, like gravel...how would i do this (if possible)
3. will dirt get on top of my cap, and if it does, what can i do to hide it, or does it matter?
4. i am probably going to get some MTS, and they will go digging, will they cause the dirt to get into the water, or wreck some aspect of the dirted tank?
5. related to that...what is the cap used for? just aesthetics, or is there a reason to prevent the dirt from being the only substrate?
6. plants will do better in a dirted tank, and i know you have to plant a lot when you first dirt the tank...i don't have enough plants to cover the area "needed", what harm will this do, or should i refrain from using dirt until i can get my hands on a nice big plant package?
7. using organic miracle, will the ammonia spike? i read that some people can't put fish in their tanks because the ammonia is so high (caused by the dirt)
8. how long will it be before i can get the first few fish in the lightly planted dirt aquarium?
sorry for the questions, but i have been researching a lot about fertilizers, light setups, repairing glass...etc. and i think i am more confused now then i was before lol
thanks in advance