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"Dirted" 10 Gallon

I would like to "dirt" a new 10 gallon (20" x 10" x 12") with two inches of Miracle-GroŽ Organic ChoiceŽ Potting Mix. Can anyone advise how many bags (of what size) I will need to do this? (I plan on capping w/ 20lb of Caribsea "Instant Aquarium". Current plan is to just plant the tank and leave it unstocked...
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Another quick question... would it be worth putting a layer of CaribSea "Eco-Complete" over the Miracle-Gro, before "capping" with the "Instant Aquarium"?
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I think the Eco would mostly be beneficial if you were using root tabs/capsules.
The MGOCPM doesn't come in a small size any more...discontinued. I bought one
of the last four on Amazon. Save the rest and use for potted plants.
The one that I have is marked "8 dry Quarts" and it's a bit more than you need.
Not much and if I sift a lot out of it that may make it very close to just enough.
Don't intend to take out anything but logs though.
With no critters you don't need a filter. But you should still have some circulation.
Actually a(1) Betta can live in there without a filter if you have the circulation.

Edit: I think the one marked "Torpedo Beach" is a tan sand but I would look for it in the store before I'd buy it.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...

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I don't see any reason to put eco-complete under the Instant Aquarium substrate. My two cents...that would be waste of money.

Just put your dirt down and cap it with your substrate.
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+1 Agreed.

Dirt then cap with your substrate choice. Then fill slowly.
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Very very slowly lol

I put a zip lock under a plate to disperse the water more gently, worked well, didn't have any mucky water.

I also agree on dirt and a cap is all you need.

Good luck! I have enjoyed my dirted 10g and am currently dirting a 29g.
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+1 on dirt plus you cap of choice. Personally I used play sand. And it's a myth that filling up a dirt tank always leads to muddy/cloudy water. This is when I filled my75 gal a year ago


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Dirt Rocks and no denying it grows plants I have 30g dirted wish I went bigger
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