Office tank setup
So I started this tank back on October 4th. That entire month I had brownish water that looks like I'm brewing tea. Every time I did a water weekly water change of 50% or 90% it improved, but the next couple of days the tea color came back.
I tried using matrix carbon, but that only made the water improve slightly. Next I tried purigen and that improved a little more. It still looked like tea, only watered down. All this time I did a fish less cycle, and did not add any plants. Only ohko stones and ADA Aqua soil were in the tank. I was getting extremely frustrated.
Then last weekend I decided the tank was ready for some life, and got some live plants and shrimp locally. By the way, many thanks to Iamiskool for the perfect Blyxa and Downoi. The red cherry shrimp look great too! He gave me extras of everything... great guy! His tanks look amazing too!
So last Saturday I setup the plants and while trimming and planting I acclimated the shrimp. On Sunday I checked on the tank and the water was still brown and cloudy from planting. Today, when I went into the office I couldn't believe it... the tank was free of tannins and the water is a bit clearer. Here are some pics!