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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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I think I goofed :(

I just drained my tank to get ready to plant, took it down to maybe 1/3 of the water that was in... left about 1/4 of the gravel, and all the decaying pieces of Hornwort and leaves floating around - dumped in about 15lbs of topsoil, and mixed with the reamining gravel - going to cap with eco complete.

Right now, my tank looks like coffee.. frothy on top and all I see is the eyes of the few feeder guppies I couldnt net (and a few ghost shrimp RIP)

Is this going to settle and clear up, or no
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 08:15 AM
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Yeah, the addition of any type of soil should be done "dry" as water will definitely become cloudy. I'd totally drain the tank and cap with Eco-Complete before filling it back up.
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Yeah, the addition of any type of soil should be done "dry" as water will definitely become cloudy. I'd totally drain the tank and cap with Eco-Complete before filling it back up.
We are making some progress actually - I think by the time I wake up it will be settled, I dont really want to deal with the mess of slurping mud down into a bucket at 4:30 am
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As long as you aren't running any filters, the water should settle (but will remain tinted) in a day or so. As soon as you start moving the water around it will stir the dirt up all over again though, so be really careful when you're adding the eco complete.
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Dirt doesn't have to be dry when added to tank. Aaron T's mineralized soil "recipe" includes wetting the soil BEFORE adding to tank. How deep of a Eco cap does the tank have?
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It's best to really think hese things out before you start to avoid problems but maybe next time you could put the soil in a kitchen strainer and lower it into the tank very slowly, I've had to add Flourite to a working tank before, after all the dust settles you filters are going to be trashed but you don't want to remove all your nitrifying bacteria so just clean a little at a time.

There's really no good way to add substrate to a working tank but Stuff happens.


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Yeah umm.. I was a bit anxious when I got home and since I figured it would settle during my 8 hours of sleep so I could wake up and plant, I just dumped it in...

I mean, I can see the heaviest stuff at the bottom, finer stuff on top.. and just pure black everywhere else Looks like Im going to siphon the water out, cap it with ecocomplete, fill it back up - run a filter and pray
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