Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
The thing is aquasoils leech ammonia built in to them, you filter converts them to food, cycle goes on. Changing water doesn't make the soil leech any faster. It's still going to leech ammonia no matter how much water you change. Think of it as a dripping tap. Doesn't matter if you put a cup under it and empty the cup every 10mins or a 55gal drum and empty the drum once every 14days, the tap is still going to leak.
By constantly changing water, you're making your aquasoil buffer more and more and actually wearing it out faster.
As for the cloudy water, I think it's the fact that the soil is leeching ammonia (usually around 4ppm) is what it peaks at, your filter and bacteria are eating it, you change the water, suck out all their food source (ammonia), the bacteria die off and get out of wack as the load of bacteria you had in there was used to 4ppm of food, now they have 0ppm, no food, they can't attach to the filter and surface of the tank, become free floating and you have a bloom. Soil ammonia concentrations get back up in the water, bacteria has more food, bacteria balance settles down, water clears, you change the water on them again.
Short answer. Leave it alone. lol.
20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.
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