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Water Quality in a Dirt Tank

I've set up my 75g dirt tank 2 days ago. Now the water looks tan and there are grease floating at water surface. Should I do a 10% water change? The tank has 2.25" miracle gro dirt capped by 1.75" gravel/Eco-complete. PH is at 6.6, no ammonia.

Cardinals are not eating, not sure it is due to new tank or poor water quality.
Some filter media as wellas gravels were transferred from the old tank.
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Technically 2 days isn't long enough to establish a cycle before adding fish. They are stressed from high levels of ammonia most likely. I would do at least a 30% water change a day for the next few days and watch the fish closely. The surface scum is kind of normal, surface agitation from your filter will break it up. I would also use Prime with each water change. Test for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. You want ammonia and nitrites to be 0 , nitrates at less than 40 ideally. Dirt is a great way to grow plants low tech but it does have some things you have to watch for. Good luck and I hope your fish make it through.

P.S......you need lots more plants too.


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Technically 2 days isn't long enough to establish a cycle before adding fish. They are stressed from high levels of ammonia most likely. I would do at least a 30% water change a day for the next few days and watch the fish closely. The surface scum is kind of normal, surface agitation from your filter will break it up. I would also use Prime with each water change. Test for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. You want ammonia and nitrites to be 0 , nitrates at less than 40 ideally. Dirt is a great way to grow plants low tech but it does have some things you have to watch for. Good luck and I hope your fish make it through.

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This is NOT a brand new set up. Some filter media and 50% of substrate were transferred from an old tank that has been running for almost two years.

I just wanted to know that newly added dirt would pollute the water, hence some partial w/c would needed.
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what dirt did you add? Did you soak it and strain the wood out of it?

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If you want clearer water, do large water change, like 60%, 3 days in the row.


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what dirt did you add? Did you soak it and strain the wood out of it?
Miracle Gro Organic Potting Soil. I tried to pick out the wood chips by my hand. But I'm sure there are some tiny ones in it.

No, I didn't soak the soil because people said there is not necessary to do that.

The big drift wood in the left corner is brand new as well and I didn't soak it or boil it in the water before adding it to the tank. I guess that may contributed to some tanning in the water.
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