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  1. Default Dirted tank help


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    hello there, i have a spare 30g tank and i was planing on doing my first planed tank so i could use this as a practice :)
    I have been looking at planted tanks with potting mix on the bottom and gravel over it.

    My question is can you use potting mix then sand? or does it have to be gravel so the nutrients can get into the soil as im not sure weather fish waste and such could get through the sand?

    cheers :)

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    Using soil in a tank can yield the best results, but it also is the least "forgiving" substrate, in that there is little room for error and a slight mistake will lead to an explosion of algae or equivalent. Thats why most people recommend just using a specialized plant substrate or using a normal substrate in conjunction with fertilizer tabs. If you feel you are up to the challenge(and it always is good to try something out) I would say that sand topping on a soil substrate is a perfect recipe for anaerobic spots. Eventually the sand will likely settle down and mix with the soil too, creating an unsightly mess. Gravel on the other hand will stay on top even with an aerating of the substrate because its larger grains will let the potting mix sicker through.

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    yea i completely agree and im aware this could be a disaster which is why im using a spare tank rather than do it in a tank i use and possibly kill everything in it lol.
    so basically its an experiment and something to learn from because trying something you tend to learn better than somebody telling you whats wrong and right about it if you understand?

    thanks for your imput and il agree and go safe with gravel :)

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