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Soil Based Tank
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Hi Guys,

Follow up to a previous thread, looking at having my tank with soil as the base, can anyone point me in the direction of some information I might need etc etc what soil to buy and any stuff I might need to add to it!

Or some warnings to why I maybe shouldn't have a soil tank?


Regards,
Dan
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when you say a "soil" tank are you referring to using Aquarium Soil or Potting soil?

Aquarium Soil (E.g tropica) is a great soil to use. I use it on my planted tanks and would be my recommendation. it deson't need to be capped though.

Using potting soil is very messy and HAS to be capped with sand or gravel. However the drawback is that if you disturb the soil (e.g pulling out a plant) it can create a muddy mess Smile

Both of the above are nutrient rich though so you don't need to add anything to them.
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(13-05-2019, 09:50 PM)stuaz Wrote: when you say a "soil" tank are you referring to using Aquarium Soil or Potting soil?

Aquarium Soil (E.g tropica) is a great soil to use. I use it on my planted tanks and would be my recommendation. it deson't need to be capped though.

Using potting soil is very messy and HAS to be capped with sand or gravel. However the drawback is that if you disturb the soil (e.g pulling out a plant) it can create a muddy mess Smile

Both of the above are nutrient rich though so you don't need to add anything to them.

Thanks for the reply so for example, Tropica Aquarium Plant Soil 9L wont need gravel or sand on top! Thats the style I want, natural soil look.
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(14-05-2019, 11:52 AM)thedanburgess Wrote:
(13-05-2019, 09:50 PM)stuaz Wrote: when you say a "soil" tank are you referring to using Aquarium Soil or Potting soil?

Aquarium Soil (E.g tropica) is a great soil to use. I use it on my planted tanks and would be my recommendation. it deson't need to be capped though.

Using potting soil is very messy and HAS to be capped with sand or gravel. However the drawback is that if you disturb the soil (e.g pulling out a plant) it can create a muddy mess Smile

Both of the above are nutrient rich though so you don't need to add anything to them.

Thanks for the reply so for example, Tropica Aquarium Plant Soil 9L wont need gravel or sand on top! Thats the style I want, natural soil look.

Some aquarium soil needs capping, but Tropica doesn't (Although you can if you want).

These are two of mine, where the soil isn't capped.

This one has a small gravel area in the front left corner with no soil under it.

   

This one uses Tropica Aquarium Soil "Powder". Its a finer version of there standard one and looks better in smaller aquariums.
   
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https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/foru...ethod.html
There's a lot of info here and reading. An American site but with some very useful information. Dr. Walstad has written a book which is well worth getting.
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