Big changes are coming for my tank.
I went out and purchases a new filter and heater tonight for an old 15 gallon tank that I can keep my fish in while I change substrate. I didnt really have plants in mine when i originally set the tank up years ago, and its just has cheap aquarium gravel now. I have caught the fever though, and want a beautiful planted tank like so many of you have. I have already updated my lighting, and feel it is adequate for my needs, although time will tell. For my next project, I am going to change substrate. Taking some advice that seems sound to me, (thank you Amberoze) I have decided to use an inch or so of miracle gro organic choice potting mix topped with an inch or so of black diamond blasting abrasive. I have a couple of questions though. 1. what is the best method for washing the sand? 2. how will the soil affect the nitrate in my water? I plan on leaving the 15gallon set up as a new quarantine tank, will it be necesary to keep the fish there for a while? 3. is there anything i should be prepared for that I might not have foreseen? Thank you in advance for all your help.