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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?
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Sounds like you're off to a rocky start... I've never heard anyone use straight manure in their tanks, but I strongly suspect that you'll have nonstop issues with it- the organic content is just going to be wayyyyy to high. Personally, I'd start this tank over.

If you're wanting a low tech, cheap and easy way to use soil instead of commercial planted tank substrate, I'd encourage you to read through this mineralizing soil article; Aaron Talbot, the author, is a pretty active member on this forum and I'm sure he'd be glad to help you with any questions you might have. (I've seen and heard such good reports about this method that I'll be setting up my own tank like this in the near future) http://www.aquascapingworld.com/foru...ubstrates.html

You definitely don't want to add any fish into the tank till you've got things stable. If mineralized soil isn't your cup of tea, then you may just want to go with regular pea gravel, play or pool filter sand, or planted tank substrates like Eco Complete, Fluorite, etc.





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