Jump to content

Dirted tank thoughts


TomO
 Share

Recommended Posts

If your doing raw soil that would probably lead to an algae farm because it's way to much nutrients. If you're doing mineralized topsoil then still probably not unless you're insane like me and are going to spend half a year+ mineralizing the soil before it goes in the tank. And even then use one or the other very sparsely. My 29 Hex has maybe 2 teaspoons of osmocote+ under the substrate, and if I were to set the tank up again I'd skip it and use  root tabs under any plants that seem to be struggling after everything else is settled in and growing well. In my experience osmocote will find a way to the top of your substrate no matter how careful you are. It doesn't seems to adversely affect any of my animals, and it actually releases nutrients very slowly when in water(the company has data available about how it works when used in water because it's also marketed to hydroponic growers) but it's annoying as hell when little balls show up every once in awhile. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I dirted my tank and every thing in going great. The way I did it was set up the tank and then cycled it for 3 or so weeks (in the beginning there are lots of ammonia and nitrite and well nitrate because of extra nutrients). Once every thing was stable I added fish and I have been doing well. Rember that plants can only grow so fast, and dirt will basically get you there so there is no need to add more fertilizer in the soil. I also was scared of anaerobic bacteria in the start but now I am not worried. A few bubbles will burst sometimes but as long as you have dissolved O2 in the water, then you are all good (that is why plants are good). 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...