What a difference a day makes. Woke up this morning to a clear tank.
It took a week and a half to receive the original order of ASA soils. I ordered more yesterday. Much to my surprise, it arrived today! If I'd known it would get here that quickly, I would have waited until today to put my tank together.
I only used one of the two bags of the soil. I obviously miscalculated how much I needed. I now have an extra bag.
As for the soil, this bag appeared to be from a completely different company than the other bag. Not a piece of styrofoam in it. The very few "sticks" it had were small bits. No scum. Not much to scoop up at all! If I'd had this stuff the first time, I would have been thrilled instead of thinking folks that like this soil must be out of their blooming minds. Sorry to all you ADA ASA lovers out there. I obviously got a bum bag.
The water is cloudy now, but nothing like yesterday. Same system. Water was completely clear until I lifted the bag off the bottom which stirred it up a bit. The cloudiness is about the same as it was before I went to bed last night... about 11 hours of settling.
Algae. I noticed BBA 6 hours after changing to the ADA ASA yesterday on my Crinum Calamistratum. Much more this morning. I had only been dosing Excel waiting for my backordered reactor. Since I have no idea when my reactor will finally arrive, I ran out and purchased a cheapie glass diffuser with a ceramic disk at my LFS. My aquarium now sounds as if there are a bunch of baby crickets chirping. Lots of CO2 bubbles in my tank floating to the top. CO2 is running at 2 b/s. I hope there's some CO2 exchange going on with my water column. Since I don't have any fish in the tank, I wonder if I should run it all night to try to kill the BBA as I got a late start with the diffuser today.
Overall, a much better day than yesterday.
Bump: And I forgot to fix the mat! I guess I will have to cut it.