Originally Posted by thesadseahorse
Can't the soil make the tank messy and dirty if it somehow gets disturbed or rooted up by something? I've been doing a lot of late night research and just discovered this. I'm kind of thinking about restoring this abandoned 40 gallon I have and turning it into a beautiful planted tank(what my developing mental image of it looks like anyways), and an NPT seems like a great option. Hard work, yes, but I can deal with that.
(im just asking generally anyone whos experienced in this kind of thing)
Does the substrate even need any cleaning?
What kind of snails would any of you recommend? Snails multiply quite easily, can they become a big nuisance or anything? What do you do with them when you have too many and need to remove them from the tank(if this happens)?
What kind or shrimp do you recommend?
How do you go about planting? Do you just stick them in the substrate where they're touching the soil?
BTW: I feel really dumb asking, but what is anaerobic soil?
--Anaerobic Soil has considerably less oxygen than other types of soil. Wet soil is automatically anaerobic.
--To plant a plant, it really depends on the type of plant. Non-substrate plants do better when tied to driftwood or large rocks. For anything else, stick it in and cover the roots. If it doesn't have any roots yet, just stick it in and pinch some substrate or gravel around it to hold it as steady as you can.
--For shrimps, really any shrimp would do fine. My favorite are crystal red, cherry and amano shrimps. Ghost shrimps are a pain. They're quite small and, to me, are just unappealing. They also don't do a very good job of cleaning. My amano shrimps are algae control for my plants. Always busy keeping the plants, decor and driftwood clean.
--Snails, I perfer Malaysian Trumpet Snails. They only reproduce based off the food available. So as long as you don't over feed, they won't take over. I offer 3 slices of cucumber or yellow squash or zucchini to my 75 gallon once a week. It is consumed by the fish/snails over the course of 2-3 days.
--The soil, I don't *think* it has to be rinised. I went back to read posts to confirm this, OFL said she adds her soil dry, adds just enough water to cover the soil, then she adds her cap(tho I would 1st rinse your cap if using sand) and fills/plants the tank.