A few questions on substrate - 55 gallon tank
I recently found my organic choice potting mix and am planning to use it for my 55 gallon tank. The mix will have mixed amaco potting clay mixed throughout. Finally id like it capped with black gravel.
The questions are based on the execution of the establishment of the substrate. Im assuming that you filter out all the chunks of wood from the potting mix and line your tank mixed with the clay to about 2 inches, then, get the soil wet and let it set for a while, periodically mixing to allow air pockets to escape. - Is this assumption correct? If im suppose to let it sit, how long should I allow it to do so before its prepared to be capped?
Secondly, I want to cap it with black gravel. After i've capped it and placed all other forms of decoration (not including plants) is it safe to fill and leave it? or am I suppose to fill the tank, empty it, and fill it again several times to remove anything? If so, am I able to fill it with tap water that has yet to be dechlorinated and then just remove the chlorine on the last fill?
The whole process is confusing me and im sure im making it far more complicated than it is. Im new and on a budget so im trying to get this done right so I don't have a huge setback. Thanks to anyone who can help me clear up this confusion.