When I was planting, there was a really satisfying bite to the dirt layer that isn't there with gravel or fluorite (I hate planting in that stuff). I used a bowl and a plate to diffuse the water when I refilled. All in all, it wasn't as cloudy as I thought it would be.
While still somewhat cloudy the next morning, it had cleared considerably overnight. The tank was very clear a day later, but started turning brown from the tannins shortly afterwords.
I'm not following recommended guidelines on this tank, so I expect to have problems. I just satisfying my curiosity.
I was surprised at the test results today:
phosphate--off the chart
kh8 (same as tap water)
gh I quit counting at 12 (I'll have to test the tap, I was under the impression we had low gh and high kh) Edit: I quit at 12 because my bottle ran out. Repeating the test with a fresh kit gave me 6
So far the fish seem happy and the algae already on the plants hasn't gotten any worse.
Last edited by observant_imp; 08-14-2006 at 05:47 AM.