Originally Posted by jsmith24
Really, the best advice I can give you is to go YouTube and watch every single video by dustins fish tanks. He knows whats up and he has some great videos. He doesn't inject co2 or have powerful lights
and he has great success and it's because of the dirt. Just go watch his videos before you start up the your dirt aquarium and do what he says because He knows what he's talking about.
I agree with checking out Dustins tanks. I've seen them a few times and was amazed. The videos just don't do them justice. You can hide things in videos too, but since I've seen them in person, I can tell you that there's nothing hidden.
I don't agree with the bolded part... well part of it anyways. He has metal halide lighting. I can't remember what wattage they are, but that's definitely medium-high/high lighting.
FWIW, I have high light in my 125 and am currently not running co2
or ferts (I just turned my co2
off a few days back to test it) and so far no algae problems. My plants look really good and are growing like crazy. Dirt is a little more work, and you have to be really careful when moving plants and such as a dust cloud will ultimately follow if you aren't really super careful.