Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Darwin, Australia
Suspended dirt or Bacterial bloom?
Last Sunday I emptied my tank into a bucket, fish and all, then replaced my substrate. It was river sand capped with 3mm pebbles, I changed it to 1 part peat moss, 3 parts laterite and capped with the old river sand I had removed. I then filled and vacuumed the tank dry 4 times, replanted, filled with 50% old water 50% new and restocked the fish.
The water was cloudy so on Tuesday I did a 25% WC and washed the filter wool, the tank cleared significantly, now its Thursday and it appears cloudy again.
My question is - Does this look like a bacterial bloom from all the new nutrients in the tank or is the muddy Peat/Laterite mix seeping through the sand?
PS - The mess of plants up front is just a test to see what ground cover grows best in my tank.