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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Can I dirt the tank without planting for a week?

I'll keep the lights off, so algae does gt have a chance. But I want to get rid of the ammonia spike and all. Good idea or no?
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If you not are going to cap the soil i would not have Filled the tank with water, you will have problems getting enough water out of the soil when you are going to add the cap. I have tried.

If you adding both soil and cap and wait for a week i think this will probably be ok.

But on the other hand, i have done three dirt tanks, and have been doing all at the same day, dirting, capping, planting. I have never had any problems, this is also what Diana Walstad do in her book. There is probably 1000 opinions about this, but generally i do think we have a tendency to complicate tings.

Walstad even add fish the same day, i would have waited with fish but ill would do the rest on one day. Just be shure to use enough plants, your plants will love that ammonia

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If you want to avoid ammonia spikes and other water parameter hiccups I suggest avoiding soils with manure in high percentage. Plant heavily with root feeders from the start, also I like to use floaters because they aid in controlling light and the filter feeding roots from floaters minimize anything left for algae to feed on. Stock lightly and control the light energy betting you keep the upper hand on algae.


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Of course I will be capping! I was just wondering about dirting the tank. Capping with eco and black diamond then not planting for a week to let it leach its ammonia into the water column. I mean I can wait of course. I have a big plant package coming in next week. Im just impatient. lol.
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dusko recommends letting it go for two months before planting. check out this.
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