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Old 09-23-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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My first tank dirting!!!

I was planning on waiting until my livebearer fry were older but the center support on my 37g tall tank broke. Petsmart is replacing the tank so today I am doing the deed! I am sure my fish are sick of living in this for the last 2 days but parameters in the bucket are perfect! My poor plants are living in a plastic bag covered 1g pitcher. DW with anubias is in the bucket with the fish. The gravel is in the big bowl and stock pot all also covered.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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Petsmart is awesome they always take care of their customers.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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So I layered Latrite and an organic potting mix. Capped with gravel and started rinsing
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I also got a few new plants some dwarf hair grass, a cardinal plant, Staurogyne repens, crypt balansae. I am also thinking of some flame moss once I get just the right piece of dw to add to the tank.
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Looks nice. Funny to me though because I am taking my dirt tank apart and replacing with sand. I don't think my cap was deep enough.

Best wishes with your tank!
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LOL I wanted to do sand on the dirt but I couldn't find any while I was in town today. I will eventually do it but this was a really quick job. I do have a really thick cap of gravel. I am hoping my plants keep doing as well as they have been their roots that grew in the gravel were growing like mad!
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:08 PM   #7
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The tank is finally nice and clear!
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:16 AM   #8
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Tank looks awsome bro. Good job! Thats why petsmart is always the best at what they do.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:52 AM   #9
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I didn't want to bring my cycled filter back in with the old tank and they didn't take the other one out of the box so now I have 2 filters! My fry are all hanging out in the hairgrass so you can't really see them. But the cardinals are just loving it! The specs still in the tank are a few of the fry that are actually not in the plants. I really can't wait to see how it all starts pick up with dirt and better lighting. I am dosing liquid carbon until I can afford a co2 system.
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