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so i was wanting to try and dirt my 2.5 gallon that houses our male dumbo ear Cloud. i know he will have to be cupped while i do it but how long will i have to wait before i can put him back?

what is the easiest way to convert it ? i also don't want to lose my good bacteria in my palm filter. i wonder if it will mess the current cycle up to bad.

thoughts ideas?

what dirt should i use? I plan on using play sand as a cap

also i want to get a led clamp light for it any recommendations ?
 

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I have dirted a 10 gallon, and I will try to share some wisdom with you.

First, I would read up on mineralizing soil, and the benefits of Miracle Gro Organic versus a general organic top soil. MGO and generic topsoil are the two most popular choices--just remember, pick out all the chunky pieces and mineralize well. There is a great "el natural" forum on Aquatic Plant Central that can give you more specified advice about dirt if you can't find an expert around here. Personally, I went with a generic brand.

Second, your tank may be cloudy for a while. You may want to consider more than a cup for your betta while you dirt it, because first you will have to break it down, then you'll probably want to clean some things, then you need to do the dirting, then lay down a hardscape if you have one, then you need to cap it, then you need to aquascape and plant, then refilling takes FOREVER, then you need to let it all settle and get the water to the right temperature. This could EASILY take up 6 hours, and a little cup may not cut it. Do you have a QT tank? You could just run out to the store and but a little 5 gallon to put him in.

Third, the filter will be fine for a few hours, so long as the media stays wet. If it's a HOB, fill it with water and let it sit. If it's an internal, stick it in a bag of water or a bucket, or better yet, stick it on the niflt QT tank with your betta :)

I don't have any recommendations for lighting, but remember that with a heavily planted tank comes a lot of thought into lighting. Remember to decide on CO2 and light BEFORE planting, and plan, plan, plan that tank so you don't end up wasting money.

I wish you the best of luck, and hope the plants grow strong!!!!
 

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Thanks for the advice, yeah i have been in the fish hobby for years and have several tanks, most are in storage empty since space where i am a is limited. I just never realy got into planted tanks until recently. I have several tanks rangin from 55 gal to 1 gallon. might just set up another small one and then re think this dirted tank. I guess i still want low light as i don't really want to mess with CO2.

I guess it will have to stay as is for the time being off to do some more research.
 

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No problem!! It definitely took me a while to read all about plants, but having a beautiful tank is well worth the effort. Low light and no CO2 is the way to go, IMO, because it means less maintenance--less trimming, less potential for algae, and less monitoring of CO2 and O2 levels.
 
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