Planning on doing a planted tank for the first time.

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by allthefishinmytank, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. allthefishinmytank

    allthefishinmytankValued MemberMember

    My question is whether or not I will be able to take my current tank remove the fish and substrate then put the dirt and all that jazz down and put the fish back in. I'm sure this will be pretty stressful for the fish but will the soil affect my water parameters or will I be ok? I've always been very interested in the planted tank and am excited to start any advice?

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  2. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Dirting a tank is pretty easy and shouldn't be a problem if you do it correctly. But if you don't want to go through the hassle with dirting the tank, you can just use root tabs. :)


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    allthefishinmytank

    allthefishinmytankValued MemberMember

    What's that

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  4. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    They are these
    You place them in the substrate. They work similar like dirt. They grow plants very well


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  5. BMcK

    BMcKValued MemberMember

    Some dirts (can't remember which ones) will mess with your ph for a little bit. Somebody else will be able to give more info
     
  6. Dolfan

    DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    You can have a very lush planted tank with any substrate you choose, sand, gravel, heck I think I could grow some plants in a bed of marbles. As mentioned above, root tabs will provide nutrients to the roots of your plants just fine. All without the hassles of adding dirt to your tank. In my tanks I have used gravel, sand, and mix of the two with great results. I use black diamond blasting sand as well, it works great, and looks good, just add some root tabs.

    Also, here is a link to an article I put together on getting started with planted tank. The photo at the top of the page is my 40 gallon tank grown in regular cheap black aquarium gravel with some root tabs.

    https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/resources/how-to-set-up-a-low-light-low-tech-planted-tank.24/
     
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