Friday, March 16, 2012

Dirt Tank Update

It has been a while since I updated my natural planted aquarium diary. I started this tank in November. Added the walmart rescued veil tail betta in December. Now it is March. Some plants worked out great. Others needed more light than I could provide them.

DT update March 2012

Now that Winter is over and I won't have to worry about heat packs and plants making it here via USPS I am going to order some more. I will also add more fish but that will have to wait until I have a chance to drive down to Alabama to the fish shop. The tank has done so well in the 4 months I have had it. I am so happy with this experiment that I am going to convert another tank to a dirt substrate soon. It is smaller and will be a shrimp tank.


  1. I always wanted to do this, but just never took that first step...(I was always worried about cleaning it) ~ Great blog! I'm a new follower!
    Anne ♥♥

  2. Cleaning is not so bad. I do not have Malaysian Trumpet Snails to aerate the soil so I poke it with a chop stick to remove any trapped air bubbles. Remember you cannot vacuum underneath like you do gravel. Just lightly vac the surface.
    Never remove more than 10% of the water when cleaning and do not clean as often as you do with a gravel bottom. You mostly just top off any evaporated water.

    It is a much easier tank to keep that is for sure!


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