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What Dirt Should I Use For A Dirted Tank?

Discussion in 'Sediment / Substrate' started by wtusa1783, Jun 28, 2020.

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    wtusa1783 New Member

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    I want to dirt my 20 long. What dirt should I use? It would have to be a dirt you can find at Lowe’s and Home Depot
     
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    I use Miracle Grow with low nitrates. It is also made from natural ingredients. The best way is to get a tub dump the soil in then soak it for several hours take out big pieces and floaters then drain and soak again. After the second soak place the soil on a tarp in direct sunlight and let dry thoroughly. When adding to tank get a spray bottle and wet lightly until you have a heavily wet soil then plant your plants. This is also a good time to add certs such as Ozmocote pellets or root tabs. Also on a side note this will be cloudy and a little dirty but if you place floss in your filter it will clear quicker.

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    Thanks. Is it the one in the lime green bag?
     
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    Yes, I believe that is it. I think it says natural on it.

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    Is it the “nature’s cure” one?

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    Looking to set up a soil tank for the first time. Looking for suggestions on mixing ratios with soil/gravel etc. Do you layer or mix different components in a homogeneous substrate?
     
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    Using 1.5 inches of soil (you can add root tabs or whatever dry ferts you want) then cap with 1.5 to 2 inches of gravel (pea or whatever you want). Add plants before adding the gravel. I recently found soil with the brand name kellogg. Finer than others and no sticks or big chunks. If the tank is new cycle for 3-4 weeks.

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    James,

    Thanks for the advice and recommendation. Looks like Kellogg isn't available near Brooklyn so I will probably go with the Miracle Gro mentioned earlier unless there are any other recommendations.
     
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    Miracle grow is good. You may have to strain to get the bigger pieces out. Also pre soaking then drying will help.

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