Dirted tank questions

  • I’m thinking of doing a planted tank with soil but I have a few questions;

    1. Do you need a cap? Does it matter if it’s gravel or sand?
    2. Do you need to do anything specific in terms of soil?
    3. Do you need to watch out for ammonia spikes or anything specific?
  • NoFishBefore

    Changed the title of the thread from “Dieted tank questions” to “Dirted tank questions”.
    • Best Answer

    I can give it a shot to answers your questions;


    1) No cap is needed but is useful if you don’t want to sift through the soil to remove wood or anything extra that is normally added in

    2) You need to use organic soil as others will contain chemicals which are beneficial to plants but poisonous to fish, snails, or/and shrimp.

    3) You will want to plant heavily since if you do not, you will end up with ammonia and then nitrite spikes due to the soil decomposing under water for few years.