Dirty need help not sure what will I need

I have a, 55g tank not sure how much will I need dirt and if I will need anything else with it or will it just that dirt also I have a canister filter 306 series will that do any damage and dose it need to be vacuum

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Comment by Peter on December 4, 2013 at 12:01am

well u will need enough to put down a 1" layer maybe 1 1/2" layer. then u will also need something to cap(cover) ur dirt with. be it gravel, sand, fluorite, saftsorb, non clumping cat litter. ur canister filter won't hurt ur tank or the dirt. and no u don't need to gravel vac a dirted tank or a planted tank ever for that matter.  make sure after u add dirt and u cap it add water slowly so u don't kick up dirt and u will have less work to do after. if u do kick up dirt or wen u fill ur tank and  its all messy just wc once a day 50% for a week or so and it will clear up and then ur set.

Comment by Michael on December 4, 2013 at 4:45am
OK thanks Peter u show make a show u know a know
Comment by Michael on December 4, 2013 at 5:34am
That's all I will need of dirt noting else mix with it
Comment by Peter on December 4, 2013 at 9:25am

u could add red clay to the dirt if ud like and u can also try looking up "mineralizing dirt" so it last longer but yea thats basically it.

Comment by Michael on December 4, 2013 at 5:23pm
OK does it have to be replaced in anytime I read a lot of people use miracle grow Organic Potting mix
Comment by Peter on December 4, 2013 at 5:33pm
No need to replace after the dirts exhasted u can add root tabs. But tht wont happen for a couple years 2-4yrs. And yes thats a brand ppl use but u can use n e dirt that doesnt have chemical ferts added to it. If u do use moracle grow organic potting soil make sure u sift it to remove alot of the wood chips.
Comment by Peter on December 4, 2013 at 5:34pm
Dirt may last longer than i stated depends on ur plant load and set up.
Comment by Michael on December 4, 2013 at 6:23pm
If it's heavy
Comment by Peter on December 4, 2013 at 7:37pm
Even if heavily planted it depends on ur plants if they are fast growers, heavy root feeders, if ur running co2 etc. thats y i said depends on ur set up.
Comment by Michael on December 12, 2013 at 4:26am
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