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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Starting over?

Tank set-up
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Dual 36" T5 HO
Penguin 350 and aquatech 5-15
Miracle Grow Potting mix capped with Fine black Sand from petco
cheap c02 setup
Cheap 200 watt heater, water at 78-80

I cannot seem to get rid of my discolored water in my. I do 10-25% water changes weekly. I've tried purigen and it seemed to help, water changes make a big difference and 3 days later its nasty again. Its like in between tea and coffee.

I've got brand new filters as well. I had driftwood but took that out 3 weeks ago. I would think things would start to clear up by now. I dont think my tank is fully cycled either.

Is it possible its something with my substrate? Im to the point of ripping everything out and starting over.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 07:56 PM
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It may be the potting mix, if there's wood in it, due to the tannin browning the water-

"Try not to use soil with wood shaving as it may cause more organic breakdown and lots of tannins being released."
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It's definitely the soil. It will clear up with what you are doing with water changes. Although also, I'm using 3 bags of Purigen

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Hoping it clears up soon. I have a bag of 250ml of purigen I regenerated that I need to put back in my Penguin350. It was literally almost black in a week.

Frustrating that any time I make progress the water browns again real quick.
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I hope you filtered the soil for large pieces. I take a strainer and only use the fine soil. Also having a 2"+ cap is essential.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 12:34 PM
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I forgot to add in my previous post, I've used API Bio-Chem Zorb. That will really clear up your tank, it's a mixture of activated carbon and resins. A little expensive and cannot be regenerated like purigen, only lasts about 3 months depending on your tank size.

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