New Aquarium Issues - Please Assist Me. Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Antbe, May 16, 2018.

  1. Antbe

    AntbeNew MemberMember

    Dear All,

    I have set up a tank around 112l (30gallons) a week ago. There is a soil(NutriPlant from Diversa) and then on top of that sand and black gravel.
    I was having water issues since the start(cloudy) but it got better however there are two issues that appeared recently.
    Photos show the white thread like things attached to my plants and decoration and the others show small white particles floating around.
    I am using Aquael Turbo 1000l/h filter with clay and sponge as filtering media. There are some plants in the tank.

    Is there something I co about those issues? Or will it go away?

    Anybody any ideas?

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  2. Fahn

    FahnFishlore VIPMember

    How long are your lights on for? Did you rinse your sand before putting it in the tank?

    Also, shouldn't have capped your soil with sand, now it's going to mix.
  3. OP

    AntbeNew MemberMember

    I have 17W LED lights, running 9-10 hours but I read its a bit much so today I had it on only for 6 hours.

    I washed the sand and gravel but only once and this could be an issue. There is gravel on the soil mostly, the sand is on top just for the look.
    Is there any way to fix those issues or should I start over?
  4. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    The particles that you can see will eventually get waterlogged and sink or get removed by a combination of the filter and water changes. Almost every tank goes through a cloudy period starting the day after it's set up that looks as if someone poured milk in it. That is because there are millions of bacteria floating around in the water feeding on organics and ammonia. There are so many that they refract the light causing a cloudy appearance. They will eventually stick to the filter media and substrate and some will be removed with water changes. If it is still cloudy after, you can purchase a water clarifier that makes small particles stick together so the filtration media can capture it. The term for this substance is known as a floculant.
  5. OP

    AntbeNew MemberMember

    Thank you for the reply. I have a feeling there is more and more of those particles. I have seachem clarity but last time I used it my aquarium turned green and had to do water change after more than one day of waiting for it clear. Should I do it?

    What about those white things attached to plants and decoraction?
  6. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    It's too soon to start using water clarifier. As far as the particles on the leaves and things, you should just take something thin and flat and fan the particles off a couple of leaves at a time and let them sink. If they won't fan off, go to a dollar store and get a cheap bar-b-que brush. They are very soft and won't harm the leaves when you brush them.

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