soil capped?

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Hi all,

My son neglect his small tank, so I got permission to do a takeover :)
I want to try something of a Walstad kind of approach but the things i see people do is cap the dirt with sand or gravel.. Does is needs to be capped? My guess is that the dirt would make a lot of mess if it isn't? And is gravel better then sand due to the pores.. So things that compost sinks faster to the dirt or doesn't it matter?
 

castle

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I've got a test jar (1L) which has uncapped soil, it was a mix of sand, clay and garden soil (that is the soil in Norfolk). It settled after a week, super low light and the plants (crypt wendtii and sagittaria sub) are slowly growing and putting out new leaves, it's a nice lil thing. I'll upload a photo soon, moving house today :arghh::)
 

castle

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Heres some pics from my jar...

Indoors it lives in a shaded spot
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castle

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Also I moved house and the soil in the tank was pretty stable, makes me annoyed I didn't make a bigger batch.
 
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