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Old 06-10-2011, 08:30 AM   #11
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What would you recommend mixing it with?

I just read the fishtanktv dirt setup, it seems fairly simple. I have a question though, when cleaning the bottom with a gravel vac, how does that differ from regular gravel sand? I hear people just leave debris for the plants to use as food, is this correct?
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I would not mix it simple because the sand would get wasted with a low light tank, just sand with a few fert tabs will do just fine.
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OK, if I am only doing a low light tank, will the dirt style tank not be worth it?

Also, if I go the dirt route and sand on top, when i actually plant the plants do i plant them all the way into the dirt? or just in the sand and let them root themselves into the dirt?
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Actually, the dirt style setup works extremely well under low light. A lot of dirt enthusiasts, myself included, do not dose any CO2 and grow low-medium light plants wonderfully. When planting in dirt, you have to go all the way down so that the roots (especially if the plant is a heavy root feeder) can take up the nutrients already present in the soil.
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Ok this is a dumb question, i'm not just using any old dirt am I? Should i mix it with like PFS or some other type of sand? The fishneedit lights are 2x54w, not sure if you went and saw them or not. A lot of people recommend them.
I am running these lights on my 55, with MiracleGro Organic Choice Potting Mix as a soil underlayer.
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Marconis, are you using just dirt or do you have a layer on top of that as well? What is the best way to plant without stirring up all the soil? What is the best type of soil to use, i heard soaking it is good as well, what do you soak it in?
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Wow...are you reading my mind?
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You cannot go just dirt, it will just float up. I have it capped with Quikrete All-Purpose Sand. The best way to plant without stirring up the soil is to just be careful. In this tank, I haven't made much of a mess at all, but in my 10g I made some mistakes. Whatever you do, once your fingers and plant are pinched into the substrate, DO NOT remove it, as you'll have a hole for the dirt to escape.

There are so many opinions on soil types. You want to avoid anything with fertilizers/chemicals, so that is why a lot of organic stuff is recommended. I never soaked mine...I have the MiracleGro as stated above, which is very popular. You can mineralize your soil, but that's a whole different process that I know nothing about. I've never had any algae issues due to not soaking and stuff like that.
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OK, so with planting. Once i have my fingers pinched around the plant and i put it in the dirt how do i not remove it. Are you saying once the Plant is planted don't remove it? Sorry i may be reading this wrong.
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Say you decide you actually didn't want to plant there, and remove it before covering the roots with surrounding substrate...then you'll have a huge hole. When you dig a plant into the substrate, usually surrounding substrate will move into the hole upon release, but you'll also have to move a little over manually. You can also use tweezers to plant.
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