Preparing Dirt For Aquarium, Should It Be Treated With Heat Or Not?i

  1. F

    Fila New Member Member

    I plan to set up a dirt fish tank and have been searching for information on how to do it right. Some fish keepers say the dirt should be baked in high heat to kill off bad orgs, eggs, etc. And some say rinsing it well is good enough. What should I do?
  2. ashenwelt

    ashenwelt Well Known Member Member

    Some mineralize and bake and some do not. Each has its advantages. Personally I wouldn't. But doing so is not wrong.
  3. BHK3

    BHK3 Well Known Member Member

    I'm in the process of doing a dirted tank this for the first time myself! My tank is 9 gallon cube. What size are you doing? After reading all the same articles you've probably read, here's what I've done so far: soaked the dirt, skimmed off any floating bits, picked out the larger pieces of wood, put an inch of the dirt in my tank, and topped it with an inch of substrate. Hopefully in the next day or two I'll have time to split up and plant my carpet! And hopefully I'm doing this all right. :)