|12-29-2012 01:12 PM|
|DogFish||Nice! Looking forward to updates when it fills in.|
|12-29-2012 08:22 AM|
Thanks for the tip. I did drop the water level way down when doing the large majority of my planting. It turned out pretty nice
|12-27-2012 01:48 AM|
Then plant and fill the tank. More work yes, but your tank will be much cleaner after the planting.
|12-27-2012 01:38 AM|
|l8nite||Added about 1/3 of the water today and the cap is holding so far... no water problems. I haven't started planting yet though, so I imagine that will stir a little muck up but it shouldn't be too bad.|
|12-26-2012 06:17 PM|
|12-26-2012 01:01 AM|
|Freeasabird||Just to clarify, did you not cap it yet? That would be a definite reason why your water is all messed up.|
|12-25-2012 09:41 PM|
Thank you for the suggestions and help! I mixed 5lbs of clay into 80lbs of substrate. It's about half of what I'll be putting into my 110G tank. The other half will be a cap, so it sounds like it will be less of an issue than I think.
|12-25-2012 04:23 PM|
This will help with your current problem and give you a way to polish the water after any water changes or if you disturb the gravel at all.
http://www.aquariumguys.com/diatomfi...FcN_Qgod2zAA6g and http://www.aquariumguys.com/diatompowder.html
Just look for the best price online, and get some diatomaceous earth I usually buy the 5 lbs bag but you can go smaller if you like.
Also when setting it up you will either have to use a tupperware in the tank just below the water surface with both intake and output tubes placed into it so the Diatoms can collect to the bag in the filter, then when the tupperware has no more cloudiness and all diatoms are sucked up by the filter remove the container without turning the filter off and let it run.
Usually takes a few hours depending on tank size and how clogged the filter gets.
I've been using these filters for years as they take anything down to 1 micron in size out of the water(that's 1 millionth of and inch) so anything bigger than that can be removed.
|12-25-2012 03:40 PM|
Re-post I did not understand the OP. Are you making MTS? Or, are you using MG?
When I build MTS, all rinsing is done before clay, potash, dolomite etc are added. The finished dirt goes in the tank and gets caped, then the tank is planted & filled. No problems occur that way.
|12-25-2012 02:27 PM|
Your cap will help keep it out of the water column in normal day to day use. If you have a high clay volume in your substrate, take care when uprooting/moving plants, it'll make a terrible mess. Some folks have recommended clipping plants and leaving the roots, which work for stem plants, but not for things like crypts or lotuses.
Water changes and filter floss will help clean the water out when it does get cloudy. It'll settle out eventually. The more cap, the less mess. Good luck! Plants will love the iron from the clay.
|12-25-2012 11:53 AM|
do you just have one layer of substrate that you mixed this into, or did you mix it into some mix of substrate, and then cap that substrate with sand/gravel?
clays tend to be made of incredibly fine particles, and will take much longer to settle out of a water column (why lake beds, mid ocean, etc. bottoms tend to form shale deposits - the only stuff that can make it out that far is fine grained clays, etc.)
If you don't have it capped, I'd suggest adding a cap. and then stuffing some floss in your filter to pull out the suspendeds.
If it's already capped, *shrugs* I dunno, try the floss/filter thing, and see if that helps?
|12-25-2012 09:36 AM|
Red clay and water color...
This is the clay I used:
I mixed and squished and stirred it into about 60lbs of substrate... now I'm scared because the water turned into a nice bright muddy-red color....
I tried a test-batch and even with a lot of rinsing, it still turns the water cloudy. Will this be a problem once it's capped? Am I worrying unnecessarily?