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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-05-2018, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Set up issues and questions

Hey guys, I finished setting up my first planted tank yesterday night. The water was really cloudy and I thought it would be clear in the morning but it was exactly the same. Any thoughts on how I could make it clear? Should I just let it go? Also, what do you guys think of the powerheads placement? I am getting flow everywhere except for the very end next to the filter intake. Is that fine?

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Do a water change or two...or three to suck all that dust out of the water faster than the filter will. Meanwhile, your filter is collecting a great deal of that as time passes, so your alternative is Wait.

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Could they be air bubbles. My tap water has a lot of air bubbles.
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you could by one of those quick cycle liquids but i do not know how well they work you could also get some cycled filter floss or some gravel from you laqs and put in the filter media that will seed your tank or just sit back and wait a coulple of weeks it will clear overnight one day you will be amazed okay enjoy


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Could be from the substrate. Is that flourite mixed in there? Not a big deal either way. Many tanks will cloud the first few days or so. As mentioned, a few water changes will help. I just wait these things out at first. Things will get uglier before they get better. You'll most likely deal with all sorts of funk during the first couple months between algae, fungus from wood, bacteria, decaying plant matter, etc. I personally don't start to do water changes until nitrates get around 40-50 ppm and test show no traces of ammonia and nitrites. It really doesn't matter much either way, as the bacteria you want are colonizing all over everything in your tank anyways, not the water itself. I just like to keep ammonia levels consistent and water changes cause unnecessary work, IME.

Have you looked into doing a fishless cycle? I recommend it for the sake of the fish. Some use "starter" fish with the use of seachem prime. It works, I have even done this myself but try to avoid it whenever possible. Much faster cycling time with fishless, though.
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I actually used seachem prime as a dechlorinator and did not know it helped with the cycle. Should I buy ammonia to start the cycle. Which ammonia should I use(safe) and how much?
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The last few pics of your tank revealed that it was clearing up ok -
keep using filter floss - change it up every few days, and add Seachem Purigen to the filter media and you should soon see a dramatic improvement in water clarity.
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The last three pictures are from before adding water.
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Makes me want to do a river rock scape.

Have you used Manzanita with bark before?
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Thank you @OVT. I have not used manzanita with bark before. Is there a problem with it? Should I expect it to shed?
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Cool tank. Just curious...why are you running two heaters?


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Thanks! Many people recommend that you have two heaters so that if one fails you have the other. Also, I already had one of them and it was not rated for such large tanks so I decided to get another one.
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What happened to the pictures? I wanted to see this tank again ...
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