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Dirt Settling on Plant Leaves (ADA Amazonia)

Hi All,

About 3 or 4 weeks ago I removed the gravel from my tank and replaced it with ADA Aquasoil Amazonia. The regular granule kind, not the fine one.
I'm getting really great growth from it and i've planted moderately so far, and will be putting in more plants today. I want it to be heavily planted.
It's a small, 30 litre low tech setup.
The problem i'm having is that there is dirt buildup on all the leaves, even right up to the tops of the plants. I don't understand why it keeps settling on the plants because i don't see any floating about in the water. The water is clear.
I can shake it off mostly but it just keeps coming back.

I'm in the process of getting all the equipment together for a 250L high tech tank and i'm concerned that the same thing is going to happen there.
Is this common with ADA Aquasoil? Will it eventually stop doing this?

The photos are actually from after i shook some of it off this morning so it's generally worse than it is in the pics.

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Mike
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Yeah, I had this problem too. The water looked clear, yet a few hours after I gently brushed the Aquasoil off, the deposits were back. PITA with small bacopa leaves, easier to clean off the larger leaves.

I just kept at it for maybe 2-3 weeks, and turned up my filter to higher flow. Rinsed filter sponge every few days in de-chlorinated water (yup, it built up quite a bit in the sponge).

Eventually it resolved.

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You just need more flow in your tank...That dust should blow off easily given some decent current. Consider a Hydor Korilia or a stronger filter for your future set-up.
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You just need more flow in your tank...That dust should blow off easily given some decent current. Consider a Hydor Korilia or a stronger filter for your future set-up.
+1 to this. I think this is ADA's way of telling you that you don't have enough flow in your tank. You could also consider a wavemaker. I love mine in my 75 gallon.
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You just need more flow in your tank...That dust should blow off easily given some decent current. Consider a Hydor Korilia or a stronger filter for your future set-up.
Ha ha, that makes sense. I had a puny mini internal filter at the time. Switched over since then.

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Thanks for the replies.

This tank is only 30 litres.. more flow would cause a pretty hectic environment for the plants and fish?

It is only a small internal filter but i see dirt build up on the plants that are directly in front of the outlet as well. These plants are pushed about all the time.

I'm planning on removing the internal filter and replacing it with a small sump just to clean up the inside of the tank. I'll make sure it get a more powerful pump at that point.

I hope that does resolve it, cos it's really irritating me.

The larger 240L setup currently has a Fluval 406 ready to go. Do you think this will be enough? I was kinda thinking i may sell that and make a sump instead....
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