Dirtied tank

  1. Zackary Initiate Member

    Hey Im trying to get new substrate form my 20 gallon and was wondering how would i set up a dirtied tank? How high would I put the dirt? How would i clean it? Would it affect water clarity? Also would it affect guppies/platies? Im planing to use the organic MiracleGro dirt because lot of people have success with it or at least i think. So many articles online very confused any help would be much appreciated really want my plants to not only survive but also thrive!


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  2. virusmk Well Known Member Member

    You can clean it with vacuuming your substrate more frequently and deep.
    It would make water cloudy for a while but it would settle in few hours timie.

    With the rest of it i cant help you too much as i dont have much of experience

    Hope that this helps
     

  3. shayla1 Well Known Member Member

    I would suggest looking up Dirted tank right here on fishlore. And for even more results just type in Dirt Tank in the fishlore search bar. there are a ton of threads where others have done the same thing and you should find some good information there.
     
  4. Adam55 Well Known Member Member

    If you're looking at a heavily planted tank, you don't need to do gravel vacuuming. It's actually running counter to what is best for the tank. The plants use the debris you vacuum up as a food source.
     

  5. endlercollector Fishlore VIP Member

    You should Google the Walstad method and read up carefully on how it is done correctly. A common mistake among fish keepers is not having enough patience. It can take months to do it well if you are going to use organic miracle grow potting soil with a sand cap.

    It is for this reason alone that I use eco-complete and Flourite in my Walstad-inspired tanks. I don't like to spend more than two or three hours setting up tanks since my livebearers breed too quickly :p
     
  6. hopeful fish Well Known Member Member

    Dustin's Fish tanks channel on youtube also has some great tutorials on dirted tanks.
     
  7. Linda4088 Well Known Member Member

    I just dirted my tank a week ago and I'm getting ready to put fish in it now. It's all over YouTube exactly step-by-step how to do it. Do not use sand. The guy at the fish store told me to get sand but when I watched more videos it said not to. I have a 1 inch of garden soil and about 1 inch of gravel. Everyone says potting soil but I already had the garden soil.
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