Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Missouri united states
Dirt tank's are only messy if your uprooting plant's all the time.
Moving plant's frequently , does nothing to help them grow.
Just need to decide on what plant's you want, and then place those that will grow tall near the back,,and shorter ones toward's the front.
Lot's of folk's use flourite and grow plant's fine.I used it for year's before going to dirt.
sometimes I rinsed it,,other times I just used it as is ,and performed water changes for a few day's until tank cleared.