01-08-2012, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by tanagal
I am setting up a new aquarium and have used larger gravel, an underwater gravel filter, plants etc. I used api root tabs and my water is still cloudy after two weeks. I changed ten gallons today with distilled water as the strips say my water has to much carbonate hardness. I was wondering if the problem is the water or the root tabs. the ph and all the other tests are fine but i don't like the cloudiness. We also have a api filter that only has two charcoal packs in it and was wondering if i needed a better filter or finer gravel or whatever. I will not add fish until the aquarium is correct. any suggestions will be be greatly appreciated.
The cloudy water is more then likely coming from the API root tablets. I have heard from others that used them having the same problem. If you can I would remove them and do a couple of water changes. If you need root tablets I would recommend using Flourish root tablets if you can get them.
Also when you say larger gravel what size do you mean. Pea gravel is the biggest I would go with. Even then those can sometimes be to big to successfully grow plants. The best to get is the smallest gravel you can.