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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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I've made a stupid mistake.

I just recently set up a new tank with some ada soil it in. Everything was going fine until i decided i wanted to build a moss wall. I cut some mesh, thinking it was stainless steel, but it turns out it was galvanized. After only 2 days, rust started appearing on the mesh, and my water turned very murky.

Now my question is what should i do to get rid of the leeched rust/metals?

I plan on making this my new CRS tank, so i definately do not want to kill them all in here. Im going to do a few 100% water changes, but im afraid that the metals have leeched into the soil and/or filter. I can clean the filter out, but what about the soil?

Please help me out guys!

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-08-2006, 01:36 PM
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galvanized steel hardware cloth is not responsible for your cloudy water (unless you are using plaster wall lath sheeting, which should be removed immediately). the cloth will oxidize a bit by turning white, but it does not rust as quickly as you suggest, or effect your water chemistry that quickly.

your tank is probably still cycling which is why your water is murky. just do a 50% water change, then put activated carbon or seachem purigen in your canister filter for a few days, and anything you suspect leeched into your water should clear up.

regardless, you should change the moss wall medium to clear Plastic Canvas Mesh 5 holes per inch.

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Actually, im fairly certain that it is because of the mesh. My tank was fine and clear for the first few days that i set it up. The mesh is pure brown now (rust color) after only 2 days. Possible reaction with the aqua soils content? Also, wouldnt activated carbon remove nutrients from the water? Any other suggestions?

Your input is greatly appreciated!
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i use plastic gutter guard for my moss wall. flexible but rigid enough to keep a stiff shape. holes are about 1/4". black color matches my background. your local home depot/lowes should carry it. around $3.50 for a roll

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Thanks AlGee! I will definately be going to home depot for this!
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If it's still murky, I would run activated carbon to clear it up for a month. Amano uses it in his new setups. It said to remove trace elements. Although, I have it in and my plants are growing nicely.

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I bet what you did was stur up the ADA aquasoil when you put it in, then got a bacteria bloom. for my moss walls I just use cheap aluminum mesh, so far so good.

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