I use about 1 gal of soil/sq. foot for a 1" layer of moist soil. I assume that your tank bottom is 42" X 18" or 3.5 ft X 1.5 ft. AND 3.5 ft X 1.5 ft = 5.3 square feet, which means you need about 5 gal of soil.Hi all,
How much soil (In kilos/kgs) would I need to cover 1.5" at the bottom with a tank dimension of 42"x18"x18" ?
The soil sounds perfect! With the decayed leaf matter, Cryptocoryne will probably love it.Can I use the soil that i dig from the forest floor near my house.I found its moist & rich in decayed leaves.Its Black in colour.I thought I'll mix some Laterite & sand in it & then use it.
yes, schultz works but it's very light and doesn't anchor plants at all. i have it my tank but would not use it again for this reason. other than that, i don't have any issues with the schultz. it has a nice color.could i use Schultz 10 Lb. Aquatic Plant Soil top of generic potting soil, i am asking because i have good experience with the schultz
You want to set up the substrate in a small container to make certain that the top layer will hold the dirt down. Dirt as the top layer won't work for it floats in the water.My first post =] Having read the full thread; I'd like to layer my aquarium as follows, from bottom to top;laterite,dead leaves and iron wool/washers,potting soil,sand. My sources of info from Dwalstad and rs79. I've never had a planted aquarium before, and am looking to learn as much as possible to do an extremely low maintenance planted tank with potential cardinal tetras and red cherry shrimp. Will this setup work nicely, or is there a better way? I plan to use the soil as the topmost layer to "lockdown" what's underneath it, but have also read that it is difficult to clean/vacuum. Also, what the heck is a bottle test? I think the idea is to look for yellow water, but can someone please elaborate a bit more? Thanks. ray:
Hold on a minute! Let's get back to Natural Planted Tank basics: soil with a small gravel cap, 2-3 watts per gallon light , water movement and well rooted plants are what you need. Fish food and mulm provide everything else. There is a limit to how much iron/metal plants, DOC's and water conditioner can bind. I think it would kill the shrimp. Too much would be toxic for anything living. And your substrate could rot from the decomposition of the leaves. If you want easy, just do these basics. That's what El Natural is all about. Go back to page one on this thread. Check out Data Guru's post. She has a step by step summary that's short and sweet. Read Diana Walstad's book, it's good. And let us know when you set up your NPT. :supz:My first post =] Having read the full thread; I'd like to layer my aquarium as follows, from bottom to top;laterite,dead leaves and iron wool/washers,potting soil,sand.