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rnaodm 07-19-2012 04:14 PM

Too much dirt, not enough sand cap. Tanks forever cloudy
 
There are a couple spots specifically in the back where I kicked up too much dirt while planting and there's no sand cap.

my substrates already about an inch and three quarters in a 6.6g tank. So I really don't want to add much more. but the only other option is to take everything out, throw away the sand top and some of the dirt, and recap.

HolyAngel 07-19-2012 05:11 PM

Could just siphon out the parts in back where the dirt is on top and just recap with more sand? I'd turn the filters and such off when you do it but it's worked for me before when changing substrates..

rnaodm 07-19-2012 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by HolyAngel (Post 1949081)
Could just siphon out the parts in back where the dirt is on top and just recap with more sand? I'd turn the filters and such off when you do it but it's worked for me before when changing substrates..

Thanks, Im going to try that first.

It wouldn't be a huge inconvenience to redo everything because its a tiny tank. But I like how it looks atm(Minus the brown).

ReluctantHippy 07-25-2012 04:33 PM

What type of filter are you using? I have a straight mud bottom tank with no capping and the water stays very clear once things have settled. I'm thinking that you could likely throw a fine sponge or some aquarium cotton (not sure what it's technically called) into your filter for a day or two and it would likely clean up any fine fine clay particles stuck in suspension and then you wouldn't have to do anything else.

dannylc 07-25-2012 04:35 PM

I had a similar dilemma a few days ago, I decided to drain the tank trash the lot and do it again. Although my reason was for a re-scape.

Not something I fancy doing again but it was sure worth it, personally in a tank that small I would re do the lot.

Jegli09 08-02-2012 09:23 PM

Lots of water changes!

serpae27 08-08-2012 06:15 AM

Research How-To: Mineralized Soil Substrate, by Aaron Talbot

Adding clay soil to the washed substrate will help bind the particulates.

The submersed soil should clear within 6 hours. If not, wash additional times. Washing the soil multiple times will not eliminate the organic material.

This could take several weeks.

Some top soils will never clear, especially those found in the yard. It is better to discover this outside of the tank than inside.


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