Having trouble narrowing down the cause for the milky water that I am experiencing, before and 12 hours after weekly water change. As the title suggests this is my first time with high tech and EI dosing so every bit of help is greatly appreciated. I will start with the specs and parameters of my tank to give you an idea of what I have going on here.
FYI there is no livestock yet so I have room for fluctuations while tweaking without gassing the little buggers out.
This is a 12"w x 12"l x 10"h diy aquarium, so 6.2 gallon.
Finnex PX-360 (seeded with a good amount of bio media from pre-existing tank.
Azoo Plant Grower Bed with a very fine layer of crushed diy root tabs as bottom layer (red clay and CSM+B)
Depth: 2" in lowest areas and about 3.5"- 4" in highest area
This is ugly and temporary, but I have a 24w 6500k T5 HO(with decent reflector) 12" above the rim and a 13w 6500k T8 sitting right on top of tank. These are currently running from 11am-5:30pm until I find some balance. I will be switching to a 6 x 3w Cree LED DIY fixture with no lenses in the next week or so.
20 oz Paintball tank with a basic regulator and no solenoid yet. Running at 2 BPS avg. Still tweaking to find the right levels.
EI (Dry) Dosing Regiment: (as per rotalabutterfly nutrient calc.)
K2SO4--1/16 + 1/64 tsp (3 x per week)
KNO3--1/32 +1/64 tsp (3 x per week)
KH2PO4--slightly <1/64 tsp (3x per week)
CSM+B--1/32 tsp (3 x per week on alternate days)
Equilibrium-- 1/32 tsp (after 60 % water change)
1 Rest day before water change.
Water source and parameters:
Using water from a refill station outside my local grocery store(cheaper than distilled) that I tested out to 0 ppm TDS, 0 nitrates, 0 phosphates. Been using this for hydroponics as well with no troubles.
Current tank parameters:
PH: 6.5 (3pm)
7.0 (3am, no light no CO2)
Phosphates: 0.5 ppm
Nitrate: about 50 ppm
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
TDS: 320 ppm
*waiting on iron test kit
DHG (dry started for a few months)
Rotala Rotundifolia or Indica (not sure just yet which one)
Staurogyne Repens (melted pretty bad but seeing new growth)
So back to the question. What are some ideas as to why I am experiencing the cloudiness seemingly for a month straight now. Do you think this could be attributed to the fact that I used the diy root ferts beneath the substrate and am dosing micros on top of it? Definately need help with this whole balancing act, so I am grateful for any comments.