Dojos and Kuhlis in a soil/sand substrate and cloudy water?
I replaced my 50g substrate from fine gravel to soil and sand about four weeks ago. My husband found a nice little cheap recipe to create your own inexpensive planted tank.
I kick myself now for not researching his findings, but we laid manure down about 2-3'' thick and then placed about 1-2'' of sand on top, the water is super cloudy. The ammonia levels and nitrite levels are outrageous. It seems the h20 changes arent helping, i'm doing them every three days.
Should I just take the substrate out or do more water changes? Has anyone had a successful planted tank with this kind of substrate?
Also, I have a lot of kuhlis, 3 pepper loaches and 3 dojos, with these fish in this tank is the water always going to be cloudy? should I replace the top layer with fine gravel?