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Ive been using Seachem Flourish Iron supplement for some time now and I have to admit that the cloudy water I get after dosing 2ml of the stuff in my 20 gallon is getting quite annoying. Does anyone know of some other stuff that wont make my water all cloudy?
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I use Seachem Flourish Iron and I have never noticed a Cloudiness resulting directly from Dosing this product. Although I have noticed if I dose too much of any of my additives I tend to get cloudy water.

What color is this cloudiness your observing? If it is green, could be that you have a free floating algae outbreak, which could mean you are overdosing your nutrients or your plants may not getting the other nutrients they need in order to out compete the free floating algae.

If it is white it is a bacterial bloom whereby there are so many bacteria being produced in your tank that you can actually see them, again it could be that you are overdosing on your nutrients or that your plants are being deprived of some nutrient in order to out compete the bacteria.

What is your lighting level and color temp? Also what is your co2, kh, ph, phosphate, nitrate levels?

An easy fix for all of this is a diatomaceous filter or micron filter used periodically, sometimes even though you are carefully monitoring your nutrient input you can still get these conditions and the filter will clear it up within hours, although I would not recommend using these all the time and it will not cure the problem long term you have to look at your nutrient balance for a long term fix.

You may want to wait for the older, more experienced members of this board to offer up their advice as there are some really wise people on this board who have far superior knowledge to myself.

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Lighting: 2x27 Watt 6500k P.C. Lights of America Outdoor Fixtures. 2x 20 Watt N.O. Flor. w/ Sylvania Gro Bulbs (9350k I think). Both are retrofited into a diy 12" tall canopy, with a 4" Diameter Clip on fan facing the opening in the back to circulate the excessive heat from the lighting.
Filtration: Tetra Tech 150 (modified to make very little disturbance.
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Ok when I dose the Iron I get cloudy water, not green, but just cloudy water. Its not cloudy to the point where I cant see things but its kinda like a slight haze if you know what I mean. Here are my parameters:
Light 80watts of 6700k and 9325k
gH 13degrees
kH 7.37degrees
pH will check in a bit but Im sure that CO2 levels are around the 25-30ppm range
Phosphates dosed to 1ppm
Nitrates dosed to 10ppm

Now Ive heard of some stories about people with I think kH, I could be wrong, above 6 degrees have the Iron precipitate out of solution into the water. This could explain why I get the cloudy water but doesnt help solve my problem of iron deficiencies in my stargrass. Seriously this sucks big time, excuse my language. Im sure that if anyone on this board dosed iron and still got deficiencies theyd be just as annoyed and puzzled as I am. Hopefully this will get solved and my stargrass will be ok.
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That is a good theory you have there maybe someone else knows something about this as well. Have you tried emailing seachem, they are really good about answering emails!!

29 Gallon Standard Moderate Light Planted tank
Lighting: 2x27 Watt 6500k P.C. Lights of America Outdoor Fixtures. 2x 20 Watt N.O. Flor. w/ Sylvania Gro Bulbs (9350k I think). Both are retrofited into a diy 12" tall canopy, with a 4" Diameter Clip on fan facing the opening in the back to circulate the excessive heat from the lighting.
Filtration: Tetra Tech 150 (modified to make very little disturbance.
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Maybe you can inject straight into the substrate?
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