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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2016, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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Brown water after using dirt (first timer)

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Ok here's the thing, I have just set up my 55 gallon using one inch of dirt, then one inch of pool filter sand, BUT I forgot to soak the dirt, now after a couple of water 90% changes in two days the water still looks brownish, how long will it stay like that?
Should I make more water changes until it clears out or will it doing by it's own?
Tanks has no fish no plants, just started.

Thanks a lot for the help!
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Hello Group, glad to be here.
Ok here's the thing, I have just set up my 55 gallon using one inch of dirt, then one inch of pool filter sand, BUT I forgot to soak the dirt, now after a couple of water 90% changes in two days the water still looks brownish, how long will it stay like that?
Should I make more water changes until it clears out or will it doing by it's own?
Tanks has no fish no plants, just started.

Thanks a lot for the help!
Keep doing massive water changes. You may also want to add some more PFS.

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Get some plants in there. And keep doing water changes. It will clear up.
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Some people start out by sifting out all the larger particles and use the remaining mud in order to clear up the fish tank of tannins.
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Hello and really Thanks for the replies!

Well I filtered my "organic" dirt with a strainer and it has no big particles, I will try to add more pfs, also will make more water changes, I heard too that start planting will help too.
Ok need patience I guess. If anyone has nore tips these will greatly appreciated.
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Did you soak that driftwood thoroughly before putting it in the tank? If not, it's very possible that the brown water is from the tannins in the wood, not from the dirt. The water doesn't look dirt-y to me, just stained. It should go away with water changes over time ("over time" being key).

edit: by soaking the wood I mean soaking, changing the water, soaking, changing the water until the water it's in is clear.
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That doesn't look that bad to me . I have seen well established tanks murkier than that . As has been said just give it time to settle and let the filter(s) do their work . Just check the media for clogging .
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I would get some fast growing and/or heavy rooting plants in there soon. And trumpet snails. You need to get o2 into your substrate. I'm not an expert but I went through a fiasco with my 75 gal a while ago and anaerobic pockets were part of the problem.

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Get a bag of Purigen if you're impatient like me. I have dirt and drift wood and practically zero tannins
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I don't strain my dirt. I do rinse the pfs though.
How exactly did you initially fill the tank?

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