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Recently (2 months ago) set up a 55g planted tank that i planned for apisto's. I know for a while when it was first starting I had a lot of dead plant debris just from the transfer of all the plants and some of them wilting before taking hold. The plants carried with them some bladders nails as is usual. 10 days ago I added my first stock of 20 pencilfish and 4 apisto apache (palmueleri).

I have been having this issue since basically the first week the tank was set up. I am having this film of what can only be described as dust or dirt settle on all of my plants/rocks. If not taken care of twice a week it begins to hinder plant growth. The plants in certain areas are having a hard time recovering because they are constantly covered in this dirt. It is 100% no algae. I try to vacuum as much up as possible but can never stop it.

I have been running 1 cannister filter on it. I added a second last night w. a new SunSun cannister (added a lot of flow, probly too much for the apisto). I am hoping the second filter helps. Does anyone have any ideas as to how to counteract this? Oh.... I am using ADA Amazonia substrate and I am afraid that is the culprit...picture of tank is below hopefully.

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Weird I can see it...probly cus i put it there...lol
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Recently (2 months ago) set up a 55g planted tank that i planned for apisto's. I know for a while when it was first starting I had a lot of dead plant debris just from the transfer of all the plants and some of them wilting before taking hold. The plants carried with them some bladders nails as is usual. 10 days ago I added my first stock of 20 pencilfish and 4 apisto apache (palmueleri).

I have been having this issue since basically the first week the tank was set up. I am having this film of what can only be described as dust or dirt settle on all of my plants/rocks. If not taken care of twice a week it begins to hinder plant growth. The plants in certain areas are having a hard time recovering because they are constantly covered in this dirt. It is 100% no algae. I try to vacuum as much up as possible but can never stop it.

I have been running 1 cannister filter on it. I added a second last night w. a new SunSun cannister (added a lot of flow, probly too much for the apisto). I am hoping the second filter helps. Does anyone have any ideas as to how to counteract this? Oh.... I am using ADA Amazonia substrate and I am afraid that is the culprit...picture of tank is below hopefully.

where is this dust coming from? twice a week is crazy.
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i say twice a week but i did a pretty serious plant relocation last week so i think thats why it was so bad yesterday. but...why would i be asking here if i knew the cause? haha.
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just wanted to bump one last time and see if anyone had any ideas? i am still dealing with it a week after installing a second cannister filter that i thought was sure to help the problem...i also put pre-filters on the instakes...still getting the mulm.
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Maybe your canister filter's flow is very strong and kicking up small particles of the ADA and distributing it on everything? I'd suggest turning it down, or, diffusing the output with a spray bar or directing it higher in the tank. Good luck.
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Does anyone else see the OP's pic?

Are you sure it's from the substrate and not diatoms? Just asking.

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pretty confident its not diatoms. ill try and get a better picture of exactly what i am talking about though, what is the best way to upload a photo since apparently everyone is having trouble viewing the one i put up.
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Are you running a power head? If not, this will help. Put it closer to the top to agitate the surface.


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How bad is your snail population? If you have hundreds of bladder snails running around your tank, you could actually be seeing their poo all over stuff. I've got 3 adult MTS(lots of itty bitty babies) and two large Nerites in one of my 10 gallon tanks at home, their poo is everywhere and very noticeable. The other option is that it is in fact a diatomaceous algae forming and coating things. Try adding carbon or several Purigen pouches to your canisters, this will reduce silicate and organic material entering the water column.

A working pic would be very helpful though to conclusively say anything.
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