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Dirt planted tank cloudy

Hi guys,

I started a new tank just about a month ago.

It has an inch of organic soil, and just a bit over an inch of ADA Amazonia on top of the dirt. I do almost 75% water change very slowly (so I donít stir up anything) almost ever 2 days. The water just wonít clear up. I thought that maybe I should let the tank settle so it has been a week now since I stopped water changes and the water just stays cloudy/brown. I tried to use polishing pads and even carbon to remove the tannins and other organics but have had no luck.

I have plants in the tank and yesterday I decided to add just a half cap of Seachem Flourish...now the tank is even more cloudy.

Any suggestions on what I can do to clear it up? Did I do something wrong or forget a step somewhere which caused this? Iíd like to learn from this so that I can steer clear next time.

Thank you in advance!


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Why cap dirt with Amazonia? Seems like and awful expensive cap material. From what you’ve explained and without seeing a picture, sounds like you dirt is leaching into the water column. Best cap for dirt IMO is sand.

Is there new driftwood in the tank as well?

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Dirt planted tank cloudy

I actually was only going to use the Amazonia however I ran out and ended up using the dirt so I can raise the substrate up. Itís unfortunate because I actually had black sand which I had totally forgotten about.

No driftwood in the tank. And plants growing very quickly.

Is there any way for me to stop the leeching?

Would it help if I drained it and removed some of the Amazonia top layer and added the sand?


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