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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Help me Im stupid!!!

10 Gallon Rimless Aquarium
Low/med planted with several types of low light plants.

Tested today with a 5 in 1 test strip from Walmart, API master test kit on order.
Nitrate (NO3) = 0ppm
Nitrite (NO2) = 0ppm
Hardness (GH) 150ppm
Alkalinity (KH) = 40ppm

PH = 7.2 - 7.8ppm via test kit
PH = 9 - 9.9 via glass drop checker+ph soultion.

Temp = 24C
TDS 314ppm via tds pen checker.

Lighting 9hrs daily.
HOB Filter Tetra Wisper 20/30??
Substrate 100% Black Moon sand.

Plants & 7 MTS that already made babies.

The problem is: Water is cloudy white color, plants are melting fast even the pennywort.
been running for 3 weeks, planted since day 1, only now starting to melt.

HELP ME figure out what I gotta do to save the plants and tank in general. PLEASE.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 05:19 PM
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You need some type of fertilizer. What is your ammonia reading? Do you have fish?

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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I have 1 fish, an oto.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 05:46 PM
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Bacteria bloom?? When I was starting my 27g the water got cloudy white too, it was also planted with snails while it was cycling. What I did was that I took a dirty sponge from a filter in another established tank and squeezed all of the gunk out of it into the water close to the filter intake = almost instant cycle! The water cleared up over night.

If you have an established tank, you can seed the filter media for your new tank in the old one. I put the media in a mesh bag and let it hang out for a couple of weeks.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-16-2013, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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I think I figured out the issue. I have been useing RO water only for this tank from day 1, that combined with a slow cycle and no dirt, just black sand probably has caused an bacteria bloom AND the plants hsve not been getting ANY minerals from the water since I dont have ferts.
The plan is to do 80% water change tomorrow morning with 100% tap water + prime.
Lets hope in time these plants will make a come back.
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