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post #81 of 126 Old 10-09-2010, 02:44 PM
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OK it has been set up since yesterday and it is still really cloudy and there is some still stuff floating on the top of the water. I have not turned on my filter yet because I was afraid it would stop it up. Its an internal sponge only filter also my dad poured the water in to fast and messed up the gravel layer which I don't think I had enough gravel to begin with anyway. Should I just level it out fix the plants again put more gravel then turn on the filter? Would that help clear it up with out tearing up the filter? I only had about 2 pounds of gravel which was not even enough to make a good top layer.

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post #82 of 126 Old 10-09-2010, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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It will eventually settle, but if I were you I'd tear it down and redo. (By eventually I mean SEVERAL weeks.)
You want about an inch of gravel on top, and pour the water in extremely slowly... You can pour it on a saucer or something flat, or I pour it on my hand, but the key is slow.

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post #83 of 126 Old 10-09-2010, 05:55 PM
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I went back and reread the instructions and relised I did not have no where near enough gravel and maybe to much soil so I took all the water out and redid everything but did not remove any of the soil and spent the last hour dipping the water out of the bucket in a cup then very slowly pouring the water on my hand before it very gently fell into the tank. It look so much better there is still a very little bit of stuff floating but I think it will either sink or go into the filter. Anything that has not sunk by tomorrow I will dip out with my net. I am going to get a piece of driftwood this week and I have a small bunch of java fern I am going to put on it. I read some that cherry shrimp love java moss and even though I am not to fond of it I am going to put some in for them. It is still cloudy but here is a picture I will take more after its all cleared up. Thank you redchigh for all you help one of the plants I put it is kind of ragged looking so I am curious to see if the soil base will help it improve.
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looks perfect.

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post #85 of 126 Old 10-09-2010, 09:43 PM
Wow, thats a lot of substrate... How many inches of soil and how much of gravel?
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post #86 of 126 Old 10-09-2010, 10:56 PM
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Its about 2 of soil and 1 of gravel. I like my tanks to have thick substrate not sure why but I always think it looks better.

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post #87 of 126 Old 10-09-2010, 11:42 PM
you better poke with a stick every now and then.won't want ammonia build up in there

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post #88 of 126 Old 10-10-2010, 09:35 AM
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Kitten it is organic miracle grow and from what I understand from what I have read on here posted by Redchigh is that it should not leak ammonia into the tank but I will test the water and keep and eye on it just in case. This morning it is still cloudy I am thinking I may need to take the filter out and rinse it which I will do in a little while to see if it helps. I am also going to test to see what the parimeters are and keep an eye on them for the next few days before my shrimp and snails arrive.

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post #89 of 126 Old 10-10-2010, 06:05 PM
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Redchigh I tested the water after I did a 50% water change to help with the cloudiness and the readings are:
Ammonia: 1 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm
Is this normal for a soil tank? If so should I still do water changes or just let it be? Also should I be pokeing the soil even though it is the organic soil?

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post #90 of 126 Old 10-10-2010, 10:29 PM
poke to get rid of the bad BACTERIA not Ammonia.yes you should poke if you dont have mts to do it for you

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