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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Dirted tank

I have a tank which was dirted for about 3 years without any problem with dirt. Now I put on an aquaclear 30 and the dirt won't settle back down, it's on every plant leaf and now matter how I wipe it off it comes back. Dirt is capped with pool filter sand.
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Why not go back to what was working for you before?


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You could try carefully adding a bit more sand cap, and a bit of gravel to help the sand out.
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Why not go back to what was working for you before?
I added the filter because I started getting hair algae so I thought circulating the water would help
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I added the filter because I started getting hair algae so I thought circulating the water would help
Ah so this was a no filter tank?

Circulation may or may not help with hair algae, controlling nutrients in the water, numbers of plants, and length of light cycle will likely help more. How often do you do water changes and what amount do you change?

In the shortrun if dirt is making it past your cap you could put some fine filter floss in the filter so that it catches the dirt rather then pushing it around the tank.

In the longer run you will likely need to figure out why your cap is not working. How thick is the cap and how thick is the dirt?
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Ah so this was a no filter tank?

Circulation may or may not help with hair algae, controlling nutrients in the water, numbers of plants, and length of light cycle will likely help more. How often do you do water changes and what amount do you change?

In the shortrun if dirt is making it past your cap you could put some fine filter floss in the filter so that it catches the dirt rather then pushing it around the tank.

In the longer run you will likely need to figure out why your cap is not working. How thick is the cap and how thick is the dirt?
Yes it was a no filter tank at first, I change 20% weekly and the cap and dirt is 1.5 inchs each
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try the filter floss first. If that doesnt resolve it completely in a few weeks then consider reducing the flow.
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Ok i add more sand and gravel cap and filter floss and the tank is crystal clear. Thx for the help
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