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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-08-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Help with dirt

I while ago I set up a 45 gallon tank and decided to put dirt in it. I didnt do much research so now the water is completely brown. Im not sure if this is from the wood that is in the tank or the dirt but im pretty sure that its the dirt. If I put a sand cap on the dirt will that stop the water from turning brown?
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Wait, you didn't cap the dirt? Just put the water in?
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+1 for capping it, also several 100% wc's imo

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Drain it, cap it, then fill. Otherwise your water will never be clear. Personal experience

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Yeah you definitely need a cap of some sort. You will experience some brown water from the tannins that leech out, but it shouldn't be too bad.


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It may depend on the specific dirt used: I used Scott's topsoil from Walmart, but that soil was SPECIFICALLY mentioned in a post by a member who did not rinse it, first.

It DID get very cloudy. I capped with a very thin layer of sand, then Eco Complete over that for a very thick layer. I have had the 30-50 filter running for three days, and the water has only a slight tannin stain to it.
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Thanks, I wasnt sure if the tannis would still leach out in the amount that they are now. Im fine with a lightly colored water and i would actually prefer it.
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Me too, Hukk...Central Florida has a lot of tannin stained creeks and rivers, so I kinda like it.

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Link to my first planted tank, 37 gallon tall, topsoil, sand, Eco Complete
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