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Setting up a new 29 gallon and was wondering how much dirt and any preferred brands. Also what to cap it with.

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Setting up a new 29 gallon and was wondering how much dirt and any preferred brands. Also what to cap it with.
You want enough dirt to cover the whole bottom of the tank with a depth of about 1-1.5 inches. As for brands, as long as the dirt is ORGANIC meaning no added fertilizers, it is ok. I like to use miracle grow organic choice.
For a cap, you can use gravel or sand. I like sand because it is easier to plant in. And you want about a 1.5ish inch cap.!
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I use 1 inch black gold brand worm castings and 2 inch regular aquarium gravel. Miracle grow works well and is sold practically everywhere, but has several large chunks of wood in it which end up floating through your cap and sit all over the bottom of the tank, not ideal.


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I use 1 inch black gold brand worm castings and 2 inch regular aquarium gravel. Miracle grow works well and is sold practically everywhere, but has several large chunks of wood in it which end up floating through your cap and sit all over the bottom of the tank, not ideal.
You should sift it through 1/4" hardware cloth to get out the larger pieces.
I used 1/8" reptile tank screen top.

1" of dirt - 1" cap.

If you like lighter bottom substrate, use coarse builders sand (Lowes H.D) or pool sand (local pool supply). Darker substrate Black Diamond blasting grit (tractor supply) or a very fine natural colored gravel.

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Ok thanks I'll probably head to home depot or somewhere today to find something

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Just got some miracle grow organic soil gonna cap it with some sand. Do I need to rinse the dirt or sand?

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You definitely want to rinse the sand. There are many threads on how to do it. Better if you do it outside. I am in an apartment and it took FOREVER to rinse it clean, using a bucket and avoiding getting sand down the drain.

I didn't rinse the soil. Just dumped it in the tank. You may want to keep it wet for six weeks before planting, I didn't soak my first tank, but am planning to wait two months soaking the soil before planting or putting fish in when setting up my 55 gal tank.also planning to use ecocomplete second time around, with some sand too.
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You definitely want to rinse the sand. There are many threads on how to do it. Better if you do it outside. I am in an apartment and it took FOREVER to rinse it clean, using a bucket and avoiding getting sand down the drain.

I didn't rinse the soil. Just dumped it in the tank. You may want to keep it wet for six weeks before planting, I didn't soak my first tank, but am planning to wait two months soaking the soil before planting or putting fish in when setting up my 55 gal tank.also planning to use ecocomplete second time around, with some sand too.

I dumped the soil in a bucket and then filled the bucket with water and skimmed off the floaters. I poured off the extra water and the stuff that sank went into the tank.

I did it all outside. Doing it indoors would be miserable! 6 weeks before planting?!?! Wow, you are a very patient person. I can understand waiting on fish, but waiting to plant? Wouldn't that give algae a great head start?
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I've always planted right away, and plant heavily. I agree on waiting 4-6 weeks for fish though, make sure everything is evened out. I do 3 or 4 90% water changes in the first week, then 1 every 3 days until things balance.

oh also, get a couple kabob skewers and poke your cap/soil in several spots. its gonna release a lot of gas which can get trapped in the soil.


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I've always planted right away, and plant heavily. I agree on waiting 4-6 weeks for fish though, make sure everything is evened out. I do 3 or 4 90% water changes in the first week, then 1 every 3 days until things balance.

oh also, get a couple kabob skewers and poke your cap/soil in several spots. its gonna release a lot of gas which can get trapped in the soil.
+1, but never bothered changing water.


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