Join Date: May 2015
Location: Ontario, Canada
To dirt, or not? first low tech tank setup!!!
Hi everyone, ive posted abit about some lights and other questions. Now im curious, when I set up my new planted tank, should I dirt? Not dirt? I have a 45 gallon tank, 48wx18hx12d. I have a few pieces of driftwood id like to have as décor, and I would also like to house some bolivian ram cichlids and other fish. I will be using a 20 gallon tank as a sump filter. My question is, should I dirt this tank? I was thinking of grabbing some miracle grow organic potting soil and then I would likely cover it with some kind of sand (does it matter what kind?) OR if im swayed against adding dirt, what substrate should I be using? From what I’ve seen, the walstad tanks are planted a little too heavily for my liking, but I realize that’s sometimes to create a no maintenance tank. While that is nice, I will be performing water changes and I will have a pretty heavy duty filter.
So please, tell me, should I get dirty, or not?