So back in December I decided I would try out AS Amazonia ii in my 55. I let my hair grass grow emersed for about 3 months, and then finally flooded the tank, extra slowly and carefully to not disturb the substrate. I have been very successful doing this in many other tanks. Everything looked good. Since then I have been struggling with cloudy water. I have done countless water changes over the past 2 months, and though the water looks clearer afterwards, it clouds right up again by the end of the day. It looks like silt. (2 x 50-60% pwc a week)
I have my ecco2236 packed with sponges and floss from top to bottom, but it doesn't seem to be helping. I'd be willing to try some purigen, but I don't think it's going to do much with this silt.
As an experiment, over the weekend I took a cup of my leftover as (right from the bag), and ran some water from the sink over it to see how much dust it would give off, and it literally disintegrated down into mud. Is that normal? I know this stuff is fragile, but is it THAT fragile? If someone that has been successful with as can/has tried this, I'd like to know what happened. I just put some in my hand and rand some gentle tap water over it, and it turned to mud. (the wife loved the look of the sink after btw )
I'm a bit frustrated at this point because I have waited 3 months for the dwarf grass to grow out, and now with 2 months of submerged growth going, starting over sounds painful.
Anyone have any thoughts? I'm really hoping someone will say this is normal, and it really can take 3 months to clear up.
side notes: no algae issues, plants are healthy and growing like weeds. I dose EI and have pressurized c02. I have 2 other tanks with shults, and 1 with eco, and 1 with inert, and 1 with peat/sand all with crystal clear water.