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Old 12-15-2011, 05:40 PM   #1 
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Dirting a Tank

So I was wondering how do you dirt a tank? I know that you should have about a 1-2 inch cap on the dirt, but do you wash the dirt a little or what. I am inspired by Dustin aka Dustinsfishtanks; check him out at http://www.youtube.com/user/Dustinsfishtanks.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:57 PM   #2 
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Dirt in Tanks!

You might want to look at plantedtank.net or google 'naturally planted tank'. Detailed instructions out there!

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Old 12-15-2011, 09:39 PM   #3 
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can't really pre-wash dirt, you'd just get mud O_o
basically, couple of inches of dirt with big stuff sifted out. just enough water to wet it down. inch or so of sand or smaller gravel. at least 75% planted with stem plants. add water carefully so you don't disturb the dirt. do water changes until water is clear (still being careful when adding water). add enough floaters to cover 25% of the surface of the water
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:41 PM   #4 
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Okay thank you! I think I may try to do this with the tank I will be getting. I think there needs to be a sticky on how to do this. I think some people may want to go down the dirted road.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:48 PM   #5 
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found a much more detailed post from OFL. she's really the expert. she's got some awesome tanks in her albums
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:21 PM   #6 
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Okay I made a new thread on how to dirt. It was not my info so I commented on it saying that it was not mine, go check it out
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