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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-20-2020, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have experience with Planted Aquarium Concepts root tabs?

Has anyone used Planted Aquarium Concepts root tabs?

I bought them bc the reviews were good.
I put them in a couple of days ago (after I ran out of the usual ones I use from Aquarium Co-op) and the next morning I woke up to my tank water being quite cloudy.

Tested the water hoping it wasn’t a bacteria bloom and all the parameters are normal (0/0/5-10ish)

The only thing that I did outside of my usual routine is use these new tabs. Well, I did add 4 jungle val plants. But that can’t cause cloudiness, can it?

I had to update my crushed corals in the filter as my Ph was slipping so I did about a 15-20% water change.

Water is still cloudy. Not MILKY but not clear like it was before.

After googling I see that API tabs are known to cause cloudy water but can’t find any info on these Planted Aquarium Concepts ones.

Could it be a weird imbalance between phosphate and iron? I read that those 2 elements dosed together can cause cloudiness.

Today, my params are still fine (0/0/5)

Should I just not use these in the future?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-20-2020, 04:36 PM
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I would lean more toward the crushed coral causing the cloudiness, especially if it wasn't rinsed well.

75g...medium tech...?
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I rinsed it out very much.
I think the cause was the new root tabs were high in phosphate(?) and then after the water change I also added iron.

Things settled down now.

But I think I might go back to the aquarium Co-op tabs. I feeeeel like my plants did better with them
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