Hey you all! It has been awhile since my last sign in…I was having a bit of computer issues, but should be back for awhile now.
Over the next week or so I am planning a tank tear down in my 10 gallon…I will be redoing the substrate currently in my tank (pool filter sand went anaerobic and killed ¼ of the plants from the root up on the left side of my tank.
and replacing it with topsoil caped with gravel. I will also be buying a lot of new aquarium plants-rooted and floating plants- before I start . (woohoo
). Also, a few snails.
However, I want to make sure I am doing this right before I begin…Right now I have a few bags of store brand topsoil (Ace Hardware Store Topsoil to be specific)
Is there anything I need to do with the topsoil before I add it to my tank and plant? Right now I have one bag soaking in a 5 gallon bucket on my porch…Mostly to get off any light wood pieces that float to the top. Does this seem like a good idea?Or should I just use it right out of the bag? Also, the topsoil looks to have quite a bit of wood material In it…Will this cause problems? (photos below)
Does this look like a decent topsoil for the aquarium?
I am currently “testing out” this soil in a 1gallon critter keeper and have noticed it has been pretty foggy:
Is it normal for it to look a bit clouded or does my gravel cap need to be deeper?
And, last but not least…how long should I wait before adding my fish back into the 10 gallon after I get it planted and set up again?
Also, If you have any other tips and pointers I would really appreciate it.