roadmaster, when you say that the plants can be swapped out later, do you think it might be a decent idea to plant fast growing plants in pots first so they can soak up the ammonia first? If so, what plants are those types? if there is a plant section that will give me detail information about them in this form, please direct me towards it.
Also, are there any way that i can get rid of the mass ammonia in the soil first before i start adding in the water? I am going to be rising out the dirt first making it into a dry muddy thing to work with. i won't be putting it in dry.
Thank you by the way for your response.
Might search "mineralizing soil for planted aquarium" and see if this suit's you.
I never went to the trouble, just dumped the dirt in my tank after sifting out twig's/rocks ,and covered it with black diamond blasting media or sand,and filled it half way with water and stuck the plant's in the dirt.Then filled the tank the rest of the way.
Fast grower's I used were Leopard Val's.Water sprite,Hygrophila.
I placed enough plant's in the substrate so that I could not place my hand flat on the substrate anywhere, without some part of my hand touching plant's.
some of the plant's I also used were easy slower growing such as crypt's,and anubia,java fern but at first,,,the majority were fast grower's.