09-02-2010, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by StacyK
Wow! So many posts. Ok so here are my answers to all the questions.
Thanks for the compliment on the tank Inga! redchigh
I have no idea what you are referring to about the tank being around 7...
The Drift wood is about hand size and I have little hands (no more than 6 in by 2 in), it was the smallest piece I could find, I don't think that's the issue.
The lighting is LED which is built into the filter. Wish the box would tell me the info I need to know to figure out the wavelength they are emitting. Been considering getting a desk lamp and putting a grow bulb in that for added light.
Yes the filter is running, this is not the undergravel air filter I originally planned on using.
I put about 0.5 in of laterite under about 3 inches of black sand (didn't mix them), throughout the tank, too much? I think this is what's causing the water to be so ugly, and why I did such a big water change yesterday, and why I haven't put fish in yet. This morning, it's not so bad yet but we'll see how it looks this afternoon.
Ammonia is ok according to the thing I have hanging on the side of the tank. I had dip strips until my dog found them on the floor and preceded to chew the plastic container yesterday! I'm going to be getting a liquid test kit later today.
Now I have a question. While I was cleaning the water yesterday I noticed that there were some spots, like one of the bulbs I have in there that had this stuff that sorta looked like hazy goo around it. I don't know how else to describe it. Is that normal, or is that decay?
Half an inch of laterite is a fair bit. But with 3 inches of sand over it, I wouldn't expect what you're seeing. May still be that wood, if new it can be quite tannic. That is harmless anyway. I think you're OK to let things settle and see what happens.
The "stuff" might be fungus or bacteria. Try gently removing it with your fingers from where it is (without uprooting I mean). If either of these, it will easily come away, and take it out of the water.