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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-04-2015, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Newly dirted tank - dirt layer over sand cap

Hey all. Having a question about my newly dirted tank. Dirted with MGOC potting mix and a cap of all-purpose sand. I planted it two nights ago, and now I've got this layer of soil particles over almost all my sand cap.

You can see to the left of the anacharis it's pretty much sand with just a touch of dirt... but on the right side, dirt dirt dirt! What did I do wrong?

Thanks, Tra
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-04-2015, 11:11 PM
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The dirt particles in the water column must have settled. If you explain exactly how you set it up we should be able to point you to exactly where you went wrong.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-07-2015, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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I should have realized more details were needed, sorry.

29g with a 30gal hang-on-back filter. One inch of Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix, which I put in dry and then added water until it was fairly moistened. One inch cap of all-purpose gravel which had been thoroughly rinsed. I did attempt to make some hills with PVC under the soil in the corners, but these have sort of eroded. My scape is flagstone rocks which I cleaned and soaked and tested for affect on water parameters. I let the tank sit for 3 or 4 days with just water and then planted mostly stem plants, semi-heavy. The photo in my original post is from day #2 after planting.

When I did plant, I know I kicked up a lot of soil into the water column, as my water was almost tea brown, but that cleared up fairly quickly. Now I am just left with about 20% of my sand showing and the other 80% is covered with that fine layer of dirt/soil. I did attempt to vacuum up the dirt, to no avail.
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