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55 gallon dirted tank

Planted 3 big red melon swords couple handfuls of pennywort and a large amazon sword. Have like 9 4-6 inch stem plants I need help I'd ing but my main question is will the water clear up? It's my assumption that the plants will remove excess nutrients from the tanks water column. I have emptied and remptied several times. It's fairly. Lear just want my water to be clear as do we all. Lol.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 02:40 AM
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It will clear up. But what did you use for the cap? and was the cap thick enough?

My gravel was supposedly too big to cap dirt, but my water is crystal clear now.

It looks like your tank will look great pretty soon
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Awesome. Thanks.
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Just have a look at your filter in a few days... Give it a good scrub as well.

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Will do. I have a ton of filter floss and ceramic filter media and sponge that come with it. Do u think that carbon would be beneficial in removing stuff from the water? Or any advice? It seems to be be a little clearer but then browner almost. The java fern looks perky and the melon swords look like there reaching towards light but it my just be me lol
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It will clear up. But what did you use for the cap? and was the cap thick enough?

My gravel was supposedly too big to cap dirt, but my water is crystal clear now.

It looks like your tank will look great pretty soon
I used regular black gravel. Used alot 3 large bags. But I also used more soil than recommended. I plan on just being very cautious and probing around to release any possible gas build ups as recomened online.

Here's a pic nothing special. But very thankful for the water progress lol
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It clears up after a while. My 10 is dirted and it took a while before the tank was clear. Mostly a bunch of water changes helped. Lots of dirt gets stuck on the mechanical filtration(sponges pads, w/e) in the beginning and cleaning those off helps get it clear faster.

I actually never really probed around in my tank to release the bubbles, but they did release themselves eventually and no harm was done to the fish or inverts I have in the tank.
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Thanks. Ya it is clearing up.

Next question- I have all the fish which I wish to transfer into the 55 in a pressurized co2 29 gallon. Point is will this stress them out going from a regulated balanced aquarium into this dirted tank?

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Here's an updated pic
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Some pretty explosive growth and color. Soil is pretty rad
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I'd transfer them like any other fish I get from the LFS a slow drip acclimation so as not to shock them at all.

I just started up my first dirt tank a few weeks ago I used flourite black sand as my cap didn't rinse it first and Oh man was it filthy even after several water changes and about 4 weeks there is still a cloudiness to the water, it's almost crystal clear but not quite. Just make sure you clean the filter at least once a week till things get settle down I used filter floss to get the really fine particles out and it's worked so far but really slows down the water flow when it needs to be changed.

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GH, KH, TDS and temperature all being close values ignore pH shifts and transfer the fish.

As long as the temperature is matched I routinely swap fish with a flip of the net between tanks with 5.9/6.2pH and 7.4/7.6pH.
Temps the same, the TDS is very close and fish don't care about pH differences in any experience I've had here. Shifts (rapid swings or changes) in GH, KH, TDS and the resultant osmotic pressure that's the yada yada that causes our critters issues not pH changes per say.

Tank looks like a great start.

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Congrats on the growth of the plants, they are looking great. Can't wait to do similar set up to get more growth out of my plants. Just clean the filter weekly and 20 percent water changes, and it will clear up. Keep up the hard work!

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GH, KH, TDS and temperature all being close values ignore pH shifts and transfer the fish.

As long as the temperature is matched I routinely swap fish with a flip of the net between tanks with 5.9/6.2pH and 7.4/7.6pH.
Temps the same, the TDS is very close and fish don't care about pH differences in any experience I've had here. Shifts (rapid swings or changes) in GH, KH, TDS and the resultant osmotic pressure that's the yada yada that causes our critters issues not pH changes per say.

Tank looks like a great start.
Thanks for the kind words and advice. I haven't switched the ish yet cause the temp is 71-73 and the high tech tank is 79-80 stable. Will be purchasing a heater today. Also any input on cleaning crew? I plan on putting 4-5 Cory's 2-4 angels 3 rams and some apicograma. Might be a little full but think some sae's or a [censored][censored][censored][censored]load of ottos will do the trick
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