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    im thinking of hopefully saving a few bucks going with dirt and bds cap.... any one have pros and cons?

    its for my shrimp only so i dont need to worry about fish digging the dirt.

    but i do have a bit of plant add... so i think that might be an issue? i would like to be able to harvest some of the runners for sale once they all grow in...

    im having a hard time deciding... what soil should i use. i am thinking of costs at this point too.
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    I used stratum for my first shrimp only tank with live plants and after a few months the pests I had in that tank made me rip it down and start again with more conventional substrate. Be careful.
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    im reading both great and bad things about this.... some people are saying i need to mineralize the soil for months, others saying there are bad ammonia spikes and horrid water quality.... others say its the best for plants....

    im starting to think i should just buy some good eco-complete off petco website (60 pounds and get free shipping) then return 2 of the bags.... but i think thats a bit wrong... lol
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    I looked into converting my 90 gallon into a dirted tank. But after reading up on it a little, I decided the plant substrate that I already had should be good enough.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    The only reason to go with a dirt substrate is if you want to support a lot of plants in your aquarium. Other then that it is not worth the hassle.

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    its going to be planted with heavy root feeders, micro swords, crypts, sag, clovers.... ect not sure exactly what yet.... but yeah... will be planted good. and i want to be able to harvest plants for resale lol
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    I don't blame you on the free shipping bit I'm sure they'll return it. I would mix a small sand/Eco batch first before to see if you like the look. IMO for depth I would have done the first layer with sand at a grade from high to low in the front and then cap that with the Eco while leaving a small gap between the sand and glass in front you can fill with Eco complete. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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    For future reference I use safe t sorb from tractor supply. $4.99 for 40 lbs. My plants do great in it. It is 100% fillers earth.
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    Biggest cons for me were the initial algae bloom and not being able to uproot something without clouding the water (though this isn't much of a problem as the substrate matures)

    The biggest pro was how well my plants did in it, and how long the substrate lasted without having to fertilize.
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    Disadvantage to me was moving the tank or pulling out plants and replanting them. When I move a tank, I like to remove the substrate, give it a good rinsing out and replace it. You can't do that with soil. You do not need soil to plant a tank heavily, either. A good plant substrate will do the trick.

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