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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-21-2014, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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My first dirted tank!

So I set up this 40g breeder about a week and a half ago and this is how it looks so far! Currently going through a fish less cycle.
I'm using Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix, Eco Complete as a cap, and have chunks of red clay mixed in. Currently running two 39W T5 bulbs (6000k and roseate) in an AquaticLife fixture.
I have Red and Green Cabomba in the background, Telanthera Alternanthera, Barclaya longifolia, Brazilian Pennywort in the midground, and Baby Tears in the foreground.
I've been doing 50% water changes every other day and giving it 8 hours (turns on 4 hours, then off 4, then on 4 again) of light a day. Dosing with Flourish Excel and Prime.
As of right now everything seems to be going well. The Cabomba are growing roots on their sides, and the Telanthera is showing really good color. Along with minor growth on the other plants.
The only question I have is that my water seems to have a green tint to it. What could that be? Any advice would be awesome!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-21-2014, 12:48 PM
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I'd imagine the green tint to the water is green water algae, as it looks like there isn't nearly enough plants to soak up all the nutrients from that soil. Generally you want to heavily plant a dirted tank off the bat, including using floating plants to soak up all that excess nutrients at least until the rest of the plants fill in, in order to prevent algae blooms.
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I second the need for more plants it will save you alot of headaches in the long run even floating plants in the beginning help alot to take up extra nutrients
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That's what I was thinking it might be. Thanks guys.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-21-2014, 03:18 PM
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Someone on here has Salvinia in a RAOK.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...74#post7133874
The roots are still short, but it has larger leaves than duckweed so it's much easier to remove as much as you want.

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Nice thank. Best of luck with the dirt. I am getting a 30g in a week and going to set up as dirted too. Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out


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You are free to do repeated export water changes just don't kick up the soil

It will not harm your cycle and it w stop the tint

Filter through low micron filter canister filter, carbon, all effective and independent of the cycle

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