Friday, November 4, 2011

Planted Tank Diary

I have had freshwater aquariums with live plants for many years. This however will be my first dirt tank. This is not a new idea, people have been doing this for many years. You can read "Fresh-water aquaria" by Gregory Climenson Bateman published 1890, online at Cornell University Library.
For a more recent publication "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" by Diana Walstad is very good for understanding the science behind it, how and why a dirt substrate works.

There is a lot of information available both online and in books so this is not going to be any sort of tutorial. It is just a journal of my personal experiences.

dirt tank 1

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29 gallon tank. I sifted Miracle Gro Potting Organic Choice Soil through a wire sieve to remove large wood pieces. I am airing it out to let it out gas before adding a cap to keep it from just making a tank of muddy water.
None of this will be done in a hurry. While I do have a lot of plants I am ordering more.


  1. That is very cool! I can't wait so see what you are going to do!! :D

  2. This will be interesting to follow. I can't wait to see what comes next.

  3. I am so looking forward to following you on this project! I love aquariums and setting up natural scenes/balanced environments are fascinating to me.

  4. What a neat idea! I can't wait to see what you grow in there. Since I have cats, exposed plants are not an option. However this is something I can try!!!


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