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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2014, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Dirt tank FAIL!

Mgopm dirt tank I started last winter but didn't know what I was doing in planted tanks and abandoned the project. The ten gallon tank sat outside for about a year with a twenty gallon tank upside down on top of it. I was thinking about giving this tank another try and would like any input and advice y'all might have to offer. I was planning on just removing much of the current sand cap, mixing together what's left, and adding a new cap. I'm worried about pathogens getting transferred to my other tanks. Should I just start over?


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If you're too worried about it - just do it over again (shouldn't be that expensive). Otherwise I don't think it's such a big deal. I've taken soil from my garden and used it before.

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Personally, I'd just pick out the big stick/ leaves sitting on top, maybe scoop out some of the sand or whatever that is and put some new stuff in. But that would only be if I was feeling like the tank needed to "look" clean. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry.
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I had to switch tanks after a broken brace incident and mixed up the sand and peat that was in the old tank. Mixed it all up good and added a new cap on top and it was perfectly fine. My newest edition I took some of the old peat/sand mix and put a layer of it into the tank with a cap over it and its fine. I don't think you need to worry about any 'pathogens'. All that soil would have done is break down some which is a good thing.


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Miracle grow dirt is like 5 bucks you can start over easy. I would maybe cap with something a little heavier Flourite or something you find cheap in your area. This will allow for better control when you start re-scaping and minimize dirt working it way to the surface.
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