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  1. #1

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    I have a small tank, 60cm by 30cm by 30cm. It uses 2 internal filters and contains a thin sand substrate. No plants. It currently hosts 4 cherry shrimp, 4 neon tetras, 4 koi swordfish and 4 pencilfish.

    I would like to try creating a carpet using ADA aqua soil and dwarf hairgrass, supplemented with seacham flourish tabs. No CO2 - I read that this is possible as long as the tank is well-lit.

    I've read many articles and saw a couple of videos on how to set this up in a new tank but not in an established tank such as mine.

    My plan is this:

    1. Prepare dwarf hairgrass by separating it into small clumps and trimming roots (as well as top if need be).
    1. Reduce the water by two thirds in the tank.
    2. Remove all decorations (currently a few rocks and driftwood).
    3. Add aqua soil substrate carefully so as not to hurt the fish on top of sand . I will rinse the substrate before as I heard it releases a lot of ammonia at first.
    4. Place decorations again.
    5. Plant dwarf hairgrass.
    6. Refill tank.

    Does anyone have any experience with this? Can you see any flaws in my plan?

    Many thanks,


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    Before you start, check out this video on adding Aqua Soil to an established tank and the issue with ammonia. Looks like you'll need to do a lot more than "rinse" it. I've also added 2 other videos of getting it into the tank so as not to harm fish. In the first one, the guy uses a funnel; in the 2nd, a piece of PVC piping is used. And in the 3rd one, plastic soda bottles are used.

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