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Alot of brown sediment settling in the tank...

Recently re-setup my 75 gallon tank after moving. It is decently planted and have a handful of fish... the issue I'm running in to is that I'm getting a lot of brown sediment that is settling on the plants and on the substrate. I don't believe this is brown algae because when I make a little bit of current over it, it flows through the water. I also have some particles that seem to never really settle.

Will this eventually be broken down once it's more established? Or is there something I could do to help clear this up? (besides water changes)

I currently am running a rena filstar xp3 with matrix, seagel, and purigen, and also foam inserts + filter floss for media. It's also inline with a UV and CO2 reactor. 4x65 compact's - 2 6700K & 2 10,000K.

The tank has been set up for 2 months now, and I only added fish about 2-3 weeks ago along with the plants about a month ago. Current livestock is...

2 golden rams
5 threadfin tetra's
3 otto's
2 simeranis
2 bumble bee goby's
+ assortment of all kinds of plants

only able to do weekly plant supplement dosing due to traveling for work

I hope this is something that will eventually be consumed by the bacteria in my tank, but was just curious if anyone had run into this before and tracked a rough timeline of how long it took before it went away.

I am almost positive that this is not a brown algae, but I could be completely wrong.

Thanks for the help in advance!
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Sounds like a lack of flow for starters.
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Sounds like a lack of flow for starters.
I agree....ditch that filter floss...
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ok... i feel like the flow has been better than when I previously set it up, but I will give it a shot. I'll take the floss out when I clean the filter tomorrow morning... besides the flow is there anything else it could be?
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keep the sponges?? or toss those too?
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You likely need MORE flow than that filter will offer. I get by in a 75 gallon tank with a sunsun 303b, which is way under rated for this tank size... but I do it with 3 powerheads to keep flow going. Something in the Koralia line will be what you want. Nice wide stream of flow. The more you cram into a filter the less it does.
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I understand it will cut down on the flow... but to be honest, I've had some really good success with this filter on my 75 gallon and have never seen this type of buildup before. Well atleast not this much buildup. I will definitely clear out the filter.

One Q...

Do you put the flow directly into the plants, like you would in a reef tank on the corals?
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and what about the sponges?? Do I need those in there? I don't necessarily want to pull it out because of the housed bacteria, but will the bio-media consume these particles if I'm able to increase the flow.
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What substrate are you using?


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I'm using a combo of flourite, sand, and ada soil
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I'm more concerned with the build up settling on the plants more so than the substrate.
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Sounds like you need to do a gravel vac smart guy...


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If it is just falling down and not getting sucked in filter, you are 1) not syphoning it out doing water changes, 2) not doing water changes 3) don't have enough water movement. Regardless of how it has worked in the past, it isn't now, which is obvious. Planted tanks need pretty significant water movement.
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AWESOME GUYS!! Thanks for the smart a** remarks. I've been doing this for 7 years, I do water changes WITH gravel vacing once a week at a minimum usually twice a week if I'm not traveling. Sooo... I wasn't looking for some beginner advice bs... I was hoping maybe someone on the forum had run into a similar situation and might take the time to explain how they had gotten through it versus making some pathedic two second reply... thanks for the weak advice bsmith.
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not aimed at you overstock...

I've been on many forums and I gave this one a shot thinking that the people on it might have some intelligent responses, but it's clear that it's another forum lacking intelligent aquarium keepers (not the majority), but seriously that was weak.
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