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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2012, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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unfired red clay in substrate

I recently setup a 55g planted tank. For the substrate I used 2 bags of fluorite and red unfired red clay about 1lb to 2lbs and capped with gravel so its about 3to 4 inches thick is some areas. I have had the tank running with a filter off another tank so its fully cycled. I noticed when I do the water changes that on the surface theres kinda oily residue, is it off the clay? because I haven't added another water fertilizers. I also have a red Indian sword which the new leaves arent so red.. more greenish with red spots same with the red rotella there is tons of new growth but its all green not red , was the clay a good choice to add? should i get root tabs to add in?
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Can't help much on the clay, but I noticed some oily film on my tank when I used flourite as well. I filled up the water slowly so there was almost no cloudiness but the film was still present. I would just remove that with a paper towel.

And it could never hurt to use root tabs.

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What lighting are you using, what fertilizing are you doing? Those are very likely to be the significant things that are affecting your plants.

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Sometimes tanks just accumulate some sort of film on the surface as well.

papertowels or skimming off the surface for waterchanges can help, and I've heard that having some sort of aeration/surface disturbance will help get rid of it as well (I'm guessing the film gets dispersed into the watercolumn, and hopefully is picked up by the filter...)
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I have using dual t5 HO, one bulb is 10000k and the other is 6000k daylight plant bulbs. they are on for 6-8 hours, the light is only suspended with the arms it came with (4inches). I do have co2 API brand boost, iron liquid boost which is seachem brand. I havent added any because my tank blew a seal and all leaked out. so I had to reset up everything so I thought id try dirt but then none of the local hardware stores had organic dirt in because its winter still.. so i thought to try some unfired red clay to mix with my fluorite and gravel.
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