Dirting It Up, have a Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by DTurner, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. DTurnerValued MemberMember

    Hey Guys,

    So I'm planning a Dirt Tank. i have never done it before and I have purchased the dirt, red flourite (clay based for iron) and a Black Sand top.

    Now my question is this. How should I prepare the Dirt. Should I mix the Flourite and Dirt then cap it with sand. Or should I layer the dirt with flourite then the flourite with sand.

    Thanks for the advice in advance.

  2. BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    If I remember right it goes Dirt, then clay, then cap. Have you read Diana Walstads book, Ecology of the Planted Aquarium? Definitely a must read book for dirted tanks. You can find the kindle version for around $10 and its worth 10 times that in my opinion.
  3. DTurnerValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the info. I'll look into getting that book. Sounds like a must read for this hobby.
  4. BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    Its a very good book. It goes into extreme detail regarding dirted tanks, planted tanks, and the chemistry of it all. Quite fascinating stuff.
  5. DTurnerValued MemberMember

    Oh that sounds like something I should read. I'm slowly trying to read up on the science of the planted tank.

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  6. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I would cap it with the dirt, the Flourite and then the sand

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  7. DTurnerValued MemberMember

    Thanks brandon. That is most likely the way I'm going to go.

    What are your guys take on minimal cap depth. So the front I only will have able 3/4" of dirt another quarter to half inch of flourite. Can I get away with 1/4" of sand to cap or do you recommend a good half inch cap minimum?

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  8. BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    I'd say it in part depends what your keeping as far as stock. If it's just inverts and small peaceful schooling fish you could get away with a thinner cap. If you're going with larger fish, or any kind of bottom dweller like loaches, Cories, or a pleco, you'll want a much thicker cap as otherwise they'll stir the sand and fluorite together.

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