It's been a little over a year now that I have set mine up. It was so much work to do the soil. I did it in April which living in the northeastern part of New York can have not the best drying weather to do this. I was under the impression I would not have to fertilize it again. Sadly mistaken. Nutrients in soil did not last very long. Plants have not done that well. Have ordered plants about three times so far for it. I have to say it was the first time to grow live plants so I have to give credit for the errors I might have done in trying to grow them. It is still running and I'm trying to make it work. Good luck if you go this way.Lets see everyone’s dirted tank! I need ideas for my upcoming tank.