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so i dirted my tank thursday!

55g been setup 9 months with fish and black diamond blasting sand. plants didnt do well. most lost leaves from the bottom half way up and everything was algae covered. dont have the money for co2 for now so i tore the tank down and put miracle grow organic potting mix in a good inch or two. then covered it will the used blasting sand and put the fish and plants back in. plan on doing water changes 50% every 2 to 3 days for a month to combat the aminoia and nitrite spikes. after 2 days there was a lot of tannis in the water cause of the wood chips i guess so i did a water change. now it looks good. have about 20 plants in it now and going to add more. will get some pics up soon.

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another pic with the flash off. maybe it will look better.
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Sounds like how mine started out when i used mgoc. All my stems turned to mush and died. Changed it to only black diamond and osmocote tabs and new plants are doing well.

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U can't beat dirt I have a 30 gallon dirted tank and plants grow great there's no doubt dirt grows plants
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Pretty cool tank. I would definitely like to dirt mine, but sadly I will have to re-home all my fish so I'm not sure if I want to or not. But plant growth-wise I'm sure it would be great.

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Try stargrass for foreground. It grows very fast . Its a stem plant,likes to spread and can make a nice carpet with trimming, and replanting cuttings. And it loves dirt!
Don't forget to add something like MTS to help agitate the substrate, and prevent totally anaerobic conditions. If they start to overpopulate add some assassin snails, they dig too. Blackorms are great for your tank, but your fish would likely eat them all. Those swords massive root systems will help, some crypts would be good too.
Did you add an iron source to your dirt? Like laterite or red clay?
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so today is day 3. had to do 2 50% water changes cause the water was very brown. tannis i guess? i am seeing a lot of melt down on some of the plants. is this normal? i have put iron tabs in the sand a couple weeks ago. anyway the melting of some of the leaves is a bit concerning! water perim all look good. i guess cause of all the water changes.
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Hey! I am also on day 3, second dirted tank for me.
Melting is normal, a lot of my plants are starting to look pretty bad. I expect them to get a lot worse but I can see a very small amount of new growth, so I'm not worried. My first dirted tank I used miracle grow organic choice, it's been up for about 4 months now still lots of tannins and brown water, clear, but brown.

My aquarium that's on day 3 has crystal clear water (so far, fingers crossed this continues), I used organic black earth with a small amount of miracle grow in this one. I did soak and dry the dirt for a few weeks prior to setting up and got all the floating wood and large sticks out. So far I am much happier this time around.

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Try stargrass for foreground. It grows very fast . Its a stem plant,likes to spread and can make a nice carpet with trimming, and replanting cuttings. And it loves dirt!
Don't forget to add something like MTS to help agitate the substrate, and prevent totally anaerobic conditions. If they start to overpopulate add some assassin snails, they dig too. Blackorms are great for your tank, but your fish would likely eat them all. Those swords massive root systems will help, some crypts would be good too.
Did you add an iron source to your dirt? Like laterite or red clay?

i bought 20 True Dwarf Sagittaria for my forground plants. should be here this week!
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Try stargrass for foreground. It grows very fast . Its a stem plant,likes to spread and can make a nice carpet with trimming, and replanting cuttings. And it loves dirt!
Don't forget to add something like MTS to help agitate the substrate, and prevent totally anaerobic conditions. If they start to overpopulate add some assassin snails, they dig too. Blackorms are great for your tank, but your fish would likely eat them all. Those swords massive root systems will help, some crypts would be good too.
Did you add an iron source to your dirt? Like laterite or red clay?

what is mts?
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where can i get some? never seen them on sale here.
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They pop up under the FS/RAOK subforums from time to time.
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Are you seeing any bubbles rising from the substrate yet? Good idea to poke the substrate with a chopstick or something to release the gasses building down there for the first month or so. Wouldn't want it to build up and burst through the sand like a dirt bomb.
Just kill the flow in the tank, and do it before water changes... Because it will make a mess.
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