Keep dirt off the sand in a dirted tank?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by Dlondon95, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Dlondon95

    Dlondon95Well Known MemberMember

    As some of you may know, I got a 5.5g over the weekend and set it up last night with potting soil with a pool filter sand cap.

    My problem is, I tend to move plants around every once in a while, and when I do, I imagine the dirt is going to get all over the sand. There is already a bunch there just from planting the plants.

    Do I just siphon it out, or is there a way to prevent it in the first place?
  2. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    Don't move the plants in the first place? :p

    When I had a NPT with a gravel cap, every time I moved plants, it was literally a mud *volcano*. And I'd imagine with a sand cap, it'll eventually mix all together if you move plants too much. Best bet: Don't move the plants!
  3. OP

    Dlondon95Well Known MemberMember

    Well even I thought of that! :p

    The main reason I was asking is because I am using dirt and sand in my 55g to be used for growing plants for sale. It doesn't really need to look pretty cause it's down in my fishroom, but I don't want it to get too messy because there will also be fish in it.
  4. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember


    I think, if you're careful, you should be able to syphon any stray dirt off the sand... :;nin2

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