Thanks Aaron - I appreciate your reply & will post pics once I put it togetherDoes the oil dry crumble easily? You might add it as a powder to substitute for the clay.
I would be able to that via a hammer
The dolomite isn't super necessary, but the KCL will help a good bit to get things going with no dosing at all for 3 months or so.** then I will find it - Thx
I've never used the Miracle Grow soil. I've always just used the cheapest top soil at the big box stores.
Why not use the oil dry as a capping material?
****I had a tank with only oil dri & was looking for a different look. I also found oil dri to be difficult to plant in initially as it takes a while to compact. It also does not hold shape.
Pool filter sand works also, but it's an algae magnet if you plan to use higher lighting.
****Hmmmm... I did not know that. I was planing on this tank being lower maintenance than a high light tank and was going to use a Catalina single bulb T5HO for a 55 gallon. I had a 4 X 55 watt CF which was to much work.
I do not think a single bulb will be to much but frankly do not really know. Can anyone offer additional comments based on experience?
The cap should be at least 1.5" thick. I usually make it thicker in the back to give a feeling of depth to the tank.