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I currently have an "extremely" low light setup right now. I'm moving from my apt to a house and have a sunny window reserved for my tank and am planning on making it an El-Natural setup.

I wanted to let you know my plans and see if anyone had any advice or tips, or if I'm going about it all wrong.

My current setup is
-30 gallon
-20 watt tube cf light
Fish: 2 danios, 4 corys, 4 ottos, 3 rainbow, 5 tetras, 1 frog, 1 dwarf pleco, 3 khuli loaches, 2 guppies, and 1 swordtail.
Plants: 1 large java fern and several small, 1 large anubia, 3 nymphaea lotus, 20+ cryptocorian wendtii, 1 amazon sword, and a few small samples of others that I've picked up but haven't taken off yet such as ludwigia repens, java moss, etc.

My plan:
Materials:
-EarthGro brand "Top Soil", has been soaking for 2 weeks so far in a bucket.
-More plants to add: Bacopa caroliniana, Myriophyllum pinnatu, Cryptocoryne balansae, Singapore moss, Marsilea Quadrifolia, Egeri najas, Potamogeton gayi.
- 18" bubble wand for air and water movement.
-Whisper filter with sponge media and carbon media

I want to move the tank this friday. I will tear down my tank completely and move it to my new house. I want to put in first the topsoil, about 1" thick all around followed by gravel on top, 2+ inches thick at the back and <1" thick at the front, sloping down from back to front of the tank. Then I will add the plants, then put the water back and reintroduce my fish. All in the same night. Is this likely to work, or will many of my fish likely die from the soil being introduced to a fishy tank?

I plan also to use my powerhead filter for a while, at least until I feel like the tank is more established. Would it be detrimental for the plants or for establishing the setup for me to still use the filter for a while? Should I have both the sponge and carbon filter, or only sponge?

I'm attaching some photos of my current setup and population along a photo of my so called "top soil".



 

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Thank you so much for your response. I will do what you recommend and give a day for the tank to settle before I return the fish. That will make it so I can be home on sunday and keep my eyes open for fish trouble and change lots of water. :) I've boiled the soil so hopefully that will reduce the risk of giving my fish an ammonia bath.

Thanks for the tip on the sword. If it doesn't do too well, I'll give it away!
 
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