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Newly-dirted tank problems :(

So I made the leap a little over a month ago and switched from gravel to dirted tank. My tank has been gravel with UGF for about 15 years and after switching I feel like a beginner all over again.

I am using Tropica's Aquarium Soil (was told it's one of the best) [IMG] Care/710/1.JPG[/img]

Anyway, the tank looked beautiful at first. Now the water has turned brown and everything has a (difficult to remove) brown film on it. It looks like brown algae but I'm sure I have too much lighting for it. Thankfully the plants are currently thriving.

33 Gallon Long
Tropica Aquarium Soil
80 watts lighting
CO2 injected
Aquaclear 300 waterfall filter
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I recently did a 240 gallon dirted tank with great success. I would say that you need some duckweed to help eat up some of the excess nutrients in a new planted tank. Also, how long is do you light your tank? In addition c02 is tricky in a new tank. It is recommended that co2 should not be used until after the tank is established. Clearly there is an imbalance somewhere.
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Well, I turned off my co2, did another big clean and scrubbed as much brown stuff off the rocks and glass as I could. I've always avoided duckweed but I'll see if I can find some for sale somewhere.

When the water goes brown it actually obstructs some of the light.
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