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    I have been out of keeping tanks for about 8 months now, I took down my two tanks because i was busy with school and couldn't keep up with maintenance on them, but it's summer now so i wanna get back into things. I am wanting to setup my 2.5 gallon tank as a walstad method shrimp tank. i might change out the shrimp to a betta once the tank stables out but idk yet.

    So my reason for posting this thread is I don't know what soil to get as I am on a budget so i wanna keep the soil and fertz under $10.
    this is the soil i was thinking about using https://www.lowes.com/pd/Scotts-0-75...p-Soil/3030807
    and fertz I am lost, i never used fertz in my old tanks as they were always heavily stocked.

    I plan on stocking low light plants as i am using a fluorescent desk lamp for a lights, and Ghost shrimp until i decide what i really wanna keep in it.
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    What's the kh and ph of your tap water?

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    The pH bounces around between 6.8-7.4
    idk my kH but my pH in my tank was always stable
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    what you chose for substrate has peat, and depending on your kh level, it can lower ph or not affect ph at level. If your kh is barely 4, it can cause your tank to have no buffering capacity, which could mean a swinging ph.

    i would purchase an api gh/kh test kit
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    You might have to round up a gallon of harder water. It's only a 2.5G and you aren't intending WCs if doing a Walsted so that might be manageable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    what you chose for substrate has peat, and depending on your kh level, it can lower ph or not affect ph at level. If your kh is barely 4, it can cause your tank to have no buffering capacity, which could mean a swinging ph.
    I'm not set on that soil but that's what i saw that was cheap and would work so if you have another soil i should use I'll get it instead of the one i linked
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    Quote Originally Posted by OnTheFly View Post
    You might have to round up a gallon of harder water. It's only a 2.5G and you aren't intending WCs if doing a Walsted so that might be manageable.
    I can probably manage that, or get something to change the ph if need be
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    Quote Originally Posted by aquariumlover10 View Post
    I can probably manage that, or get something to change the ph if need be
    It's a problem you don't necessarily even have yet. It should be fairly easy to find organic top soil that is pretty much composted out already. i.e. just looks like black dirt. Easy to find around here and it's two bucks a bag. Most anything that isn't juiced with fertilizer will work.

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    Because i plan on getting a betta or something at some point I guess I should get a filter before i start setting stuff up.
    So I'm deciding between these three filters.
    Azoo Palm Filter: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...atid=9821&s=lh
    Mini size: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...tid=28052&s=lh
    Size 11: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...atid=3954&s=lh

    I Have an air pump so if i get a sponge filter i would save a couple dollars but I'm not sure which one i should get.
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