1. Hiroshi
    October 13, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    Now that third video was needed and is helpful after two videos above. Dirt > Mix clay > add gravel. Thanks.

  2. David!
    October 21, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Okay, so I think i am going to finally get my ass out of bed and to Home Depot for some dirt. I am filtering through your videos to make sure i know exactly what it is that i need to be doing tomorrow. Dirt, Clay, Peat… Anything else i’m missing?

    • dwunderlich
      October 21, 2010 @ 10:53 am

      That’s it. I would add a little bit of crushed coral or crushed oystershells. (some type of crushed sea shell. (you can add after) Mix it all up, get it muddy like pudding. Add a layer of gravel over it. Fill it slowly, let it sit, drain it. Fill it. Add more gravel to touch up anything that got messed up. Rinse repeat. YOU GOT IT….. VIDEOS MAN VIDEOS

  3. David!
    October 22, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

    i couldn’t find any peat moss that wasn’t in a huge bag. i found a bunch of sphagnum moss and spanish moss
    but i didn’t want to chance buying that and have it not be what i need.

    do i really need peat moss at the bottom to pull off the dirt tank?

    • dwunderlich
      October 22, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

      You don’t need it… I dont use it 😉 but clay is money though…

  4. David!
    October 23, 2010 @ 2:26 am

    yeah, i bought that huge fucking brick of clay that you have in your 220 video. $10! but at least i’ll have some leftover for a friend who’s about to dirt his 33 long… you’re definitely spreading the dirt disease. i’m ridiculously excited to get this rolling

    • dwunderlich
      October 23, 2010 @ 2:54 am

      Dude, you have no idea the night and day difference it makes. It is a disease and I am having a fucking riot spreading it. Plants don’t typically get love in the hobby, its just cause people aren’t growing them right. Drives me nuts. (Dont’ get me wrong, I’ve killed plenty of plants) But once you dirt itslike losing some kinda fishtank virginity. Enjoy the disease…I am

  5. David!
    October 23, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    As soon as i can find the right-sized grain of gravel to put over the dirt, i’ll start building it up. My brother had a bunch of leftover crushed coral in the 55 that he gave me, so i think i am just going to use that for the dirt.

    crushed coral

    anything else i need besides the gravel?

    • dwunderlich
      October 24, 2010 @ 12:48 am

      I would mix the clay and dirt together really good. I have only used crushed coral outside, but the plants grew good so why not. Cover it in crushed coral might turn out awesome with the high kh of it… Let’s see it!

      • Abraham
        January 17, 2012 @ 3:43 am

        well i was following your steps on how to dirt the tank welll im doing it to my 40g wide tank the prob is that the clay im using dissolved turned the water pink or orange even when i added the gravel on top the clay dissolved and went up threw the gravel and turned the water pink???does this happen to yours? does the clay need to be hard or something?

  6. David!
    October 24, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

    so you’re saying that i should mix up the clay and dirt, then use the crushed coral instead of the gravel to cover it up?

    i saw, in one of your 75’s, that it doesn’t really look like you have anything covering up the dirt

    i really like that plain dirt floor look

    • dwunderlich
      October 24, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

      Yes, You have to cover the dirt with SOMETHING. Crushed coral would work, but gravel would be better

      Hell no man, Cover the dirt. I used cheap black gravel in those 75s…

      Plain dirt will be messy, at least use a light layer of gravel or crushed coral..

  7. David!
    October 25, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    I think i am just going to try to find some small-grain gravel today after class.

    But i have a few questions

    What’s the step by step process for setting the dirt in the tank?
    Just put the dirt down, mix in the clay and crushed coral, cover with gravel, then fill up and change out the water?
    or is there some other way that i should add it?

    do i need a filter for this, or just a powerhead?
    i’ve read that a lot of people just use powerheads on their dirt tanks

    what sort of wattage should i shoot for with lighting?
    I am doing the 20 long, and i’ve read that a lot of people aim for 2 wpg
    so does that mean that i should aim for a 40watt set-up?


    i read in a forum, that actually had diana walstad talking about the dirt tanks, that fish should be added ASAP after starting the tank up. is this true? or should i run it for a few days?

    sorry for the question over-load
    but i just want to make sure that i’ve got my crap straight before i jump into the dirt madness…

    • dwunderlich
      October 25, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

      You are over thinking it man. Youve got it…

      Use a handful of crushed coral mixed in with the dirt clay mix. Cover it with a fine gravel…. fill. drain, fill drain

      2wpg is plenty, you can get away with less

      I let mine run a few days to be safe. I’d use a filter to also be safe…

      You can add fish quickly, I haven’t ever killed any, but I wait just to be safe.

      Let me know!

  8. David!
    October 26, 2010 @ 5:03 am

    my first 3 videos are up!

    i will make some more tomorrow showing its progress


    the other two videos are still processing
    i’ll throw them up as soon as they show up on my other channel!

  9. David!
    October 26, 2010 @ 5:32 am

    • dwunderlich
      October 26, 2010 @ 10:44 am

      LOOKING GOOD. You had a bit too much water in there when mixing, but that’s all good. You have all of the right ingredients for a bumping tank. Not to mention, those are some good lights. Gonna take a second to get clean, but its soo worth it. Thanks, for the videos! Dirt Convert #3!!!!

  10. noah
    December 11, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    I got clay kitty litter and pure sodium bentonite, do i need to buy the mexican clay thingy?

    • dwunderlich
      December 11, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

      I’ve never done the kitty liter thing, but it makes sense. What does sodium bentonite do? Do you have dirt as well?

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