I am finally getting around to working on a few of the display tanks that are coming back home since closing the warehouse. I decided to tear all the planted tanks down completely and start over with new substrates. One 75-gallon tank will be in the family room and be the centerpiece display in in the house, so I am taking my time and being careful to get everything just the way that I want it to be.
The first step is mixing the soil substrate that will be on the bottom of the tank under a cap of fine sand. The mixture I use is something that hobbyists here in the Madison, WI, area came up with years ago the works well for us: 3 parts clean topsoil, 1 part peat, 1 part calcined clay (Turface). Some people will also put a medium gravel in the mix, but I do not (the calcined clay serves the same purpose).
This video is the first in a series of however many parts it takes me to tell the story. Part one is about making the soil mixture….