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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Just made the switch to dirt and....

I think I messed it up pretty bad haha. My water is basically black. I don't think I capped it very good. So what should I do? Let it sit? Turn my filter on? Thank god there are no fish in the tank.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-23-2012, 11:14 PM
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What did you use as a capping material? How think did you attempt to put on the cap? What size tank?


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It's a 20H with play sand cap
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There are a couple of options:
1) Let it ride. See if it settles out at least somewhat in 24 hours. You could add some polyester floss to the filter, and clean it daily for a few days. If it is significantly better overnight, then it is just a matter of time (a few more days) until it is clear.

2) 100% water change. While the tank is empty of water add a bit more sand, and patch any holes in the cap so the soil is covered. Then refill this way: Put a plate or plastic bag over the substrate and fill slowly, allowing the water to run over the edge of the plate and seep into the substrate. It might take half an hour to fill your 20 gallon tank.
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Do Diana's second tip, it is probably the best there is to get a newly dirted tank clear, i did the exact same thing with redirting a few 10 gallons
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Yah i think my mistake was filling it too fast. I think Ill do a massive water change tomoorow. There is a very thin layer of dirt/debris on top of the sand. Is there anything I should do about this?
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+1 on the 100% W/C.

Use your syphon hose to clean the surface of the sand of dirt. Yes, you're going to suck out some sand too.

2' of dirt + 1 to 1 1/2 of sand cap.

BEFORE you put the water back in with a plate as Diana posted, plant the tank if you haven't done that yet BEFORE you add water. It will stay much nicer that way. After I fill and plant a new tank I let everything settle for 24hours with no filtration or water movement moving devices.

Then I run the filter(s)
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After I fill and plant a new tank I let everything settle for 24hours with no filtration or water movement moving devices.

Then I run the filter(s)
Just curious, what does that do for the plants?
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Just curious, what does that do for the plants?
The less turbulent the water is, the faster sediment drops out. So no filter, means no flow, no turbulence, and the dirt in the water (sediment) drops out faster. Then you'll have a fine layer of sediment on top of your sand. Gently vacumn the layer of sediment up in a water change by holding your suction hose end slightly above the sand.

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oh ok so its just for cleaning purposes then, that's cool, wish I woulda known that the past 3 days lol
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Well I just did a 100% water change and filled it back up very slowly. It looks much better now (I can see the back of the tank!). Ill let it sit a few hours then im going to turn the filter on. I plan on doing 20% water changes everyday until the water is completely clear
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Maybe do a 50% wc for the next two days. That might help it clear up a little faster
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