I'm Dan in Virginia, I'm new here.
And I'm putting together my first El Natural planted tank!
A 55 gallon! & I'm excited to get started on it!
So far, I have assembled to use:
40 pounds of a bagged top soil that's a bit on the clay side, with composted bark bits that's black, and very rich in texture.
10 pound bag of a baked, granulated, clay pond plant soil.
(It looks a lot like kitty litter!)
40 pounds of builders sand, it's rusty colored, looks rich in iron!
20 pounds of a natural aquarium gravel for dressing the top.
(I also have a large 20 pound bag of perlite if needed),
I used to be a Sunday school teacher so, I hope you like quizes?
My questions are these:
1) The builders sand here in Virginia is high in iron,
in fact, it has a rusty look to it.
What should I do?:
A) Should it be used as the bottom layer in my substrate?
B) Put over the top soil in my substrate?
C) Mixed in with the top soil (because of it clay content) of my substrate? Or,
D) Not used at all due to it's high iron content?
2) Actually, i'm at a loss as to which layers to put down in which succession for the best growing results.
Please explain: What should be placed down first, second, third, etc., and why?:
3) Extra credit!: Anything l should add?, or leave out of my substrate for better results? if yes, please explain?:
I hope you enjoyed my little quiz!
Thanks for your help!
Dan ~ Va