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About to start my first ever Nano Tank, but I got some questions

So, I have a nice little 5 gallon that I am going to be using at my college dorm, mainly because it is easier to transport than a 10 gallon and nicer than those little plastic critter keeper things that my parents think I should have gotten lol

Anyways, I was figuring, since this would be my first go at a nano tank and my first go in a while of starting a tank completely from scratch, that I would dirt the thing. I'm thinking 1" of dirt capped with 1" of pool filter sand should just about do the trick, maybe a little more dirt but idk. I have some top soil handy, but I don't have clay and all that handy at all so I'm not sure if I will bother making it MTS. Anything I should look out for though in my choice of dirt? I'll try and get the name of what I have in the morning or something, just to check.

My next question, after substrate, is how to do a dry start. I figure, if I am doing a dirt tank form scratch that I have the freedom to take as long as I want with starting it, and I have always wanted a small little carpet of dwarf baby tears going on. Any tips or suggestions for this dry start? Also, I'm not fully sure of what plants I want in this thing, I can say for sure that I don't think this thing could possibly be low light, and I will be doing some diy co2 with this little tank, so I was wondering if there were any other plants worth having in the dry start, or if I should just leave the dry start for the HC and then just grow everything else purely submerged.

I forgot what its like to start with a waterless tank and turn it into something great

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dirt: you want something organic, miracle grow organic potting soil is used a lot.
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5 gallons I say do ADA Amazonia (one big bag and you're good, ~30 dollars) and the rest will be easy.
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^I would do ADA Amazonia...but I don't exactly have $30 to spare on buying more things online atm XD
Also, I'd be more willing to spend more money if it was on a tank that is going to be staying in one place (moving a completely setup 5 gallon is do-able but I'm not going to place a ton of $ into it either lol)

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