Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
I filtered the wood out of the dirt with a kitchen strainer. It does a great job. I filled the tank with DRY dirt. Followed that by using a spray bottle to wet the dirt to the saturation point. I compressed the soil, with a wooden spoon, to squeeze out the air - but not to hard.
I poured my Eco-complete (and its water) into a 5 gallon bucket. I scooped out the eco-complete with a small measuring cup (1 cup), and slowly covered the dirt. Once the Eco-complete was covering all the MGO, I scooped out the water, and slowly poured into the tank.
This took a long time - however, its was cleaner than my earlier attempts create a dirt tank.
I'd either commit to having little wood chips in your water, or try adding more eco-complete (very slowly) to seal off what you've already done.
My work tank is a mess, I learned a lot about setting up a dirt'd tank. I left the small wooden bits, there as I used natural gravel. The wood in facts make the tank seem more 'natural'. I worked hard setting up home tank (29G) tank, with a beautiful all black substrate, only to have my dwarf puffer, litter it with empty snail shells. Can't win, just pick your, so you can live with the results.
Father of the Princess Zelda.