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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Did I add too much dirt and gravel?

After setting up my aquarium and leaving it for a day, the water was completely cloudy white. I knew it was from a bacterial bloom, but after researching, some state that it was due to excess nutrients. Could I have added too much dirt and gravel contribute to cloudy water? The dirt was level at 1 1/2 inches then sloped up at around 2 inches. The ratio is the same with my gravel. So, is the problem nutrient excess or bacterial bloom? And will this lead to other problems?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 12:26 AM
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"excess nutrients" is a relative term and isn't very helpful to the discussion of this problem. It's perfectly normal and expected for a newly set up tank to experience this. Patience and bio-filtration will resolve this.

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After 1 day? That's not bacterial bloom, that's just dirty water. Give it a few days to filter out.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 12:43 AM
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Doesn't seem like a bacterial bloom. Just do water changes. When you dirt a tank it's suggested that you do a few big water changes before you let it sit. Make sure to fill it slowly so you don't cause an uproar.
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Yesterday I emptied out and refilled my tank with water twice, and today I did about a 50% water change and the cloudiness seems a little bit less. I'll guess i'll wait it out.
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It will be cloudy for a couple of days as well tannins will make your water brownish. It's normal due to the soil. Keep up with water changes and should clear up.

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I wouldn't worry about the immediate things that are going on. As others said, it just seems a bit early.

I do think that it's a bit too much soil. Though I haven't had issues with extremely large slopes or deep substrate in general, I have had issues with too much soil. It can go anerobic much more easily. Water can't easily flow through it and it compacts. You can try poking it a lot to avoid this. I find once roots grow into it, it's less likely to happen but it still can. If I use any soil now, I only use a fraction of what most people use, 1/8-1/4 inch, and still seem to get the same results.
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