Description: New planted 20 Gal tank.- almost 5 weeks old.
Organic Potting soil .5 inch-Home Depot,
Flourite substrate 1 inch-PetSmart,
Silica Sand- .75 inch from Menards,
Lighting- portable heat lamp w/ 6500k daylight bulb from Menards,
Fluva HOB,2 Bubblers, and DIY CO2 w/ wooden air-stone.
Found out about dirt'd tanks by watching Dustin Fish Tanks off YouTube and still doing research.
Advice: Patience and more patience.
Ask around and do your research. Knowledge is out there but don't go with the first option.
Fish Kept: Update as of 21 JUL 2012
3 Albino Corys, w/ frys-born 7/10/12-(2 survivors),
3 Red Cherry Shrimps,
Corals/Plants: I let the soil set in tank w/ water about 2.5 inches for 1 week and a half. Drained it then put substrate and sand. Then let it sit another week draining every other day and filling.
Drained to about 1/4 from the bottom and put my dwarf grass on the right and Hygrophilas on the left. Mid Section I put some Dwarf Amazon swords (right)-moved on 20 JUL and Water Wisterians (left). Finally I have some Giant Vallisneria (right) and some Sprites . Just put in some banana plants on 7/11/2012. More Hair Grass and added Rasbora-8 on 16 JUL.
Added tree on 1 AUG 2012