Hi- I'll get right to it. This is my third tank, second time for a first set up.
It's three weeks in. It's a 10 gallon Dennerle tank which I planned to scape a little (first attempt-aside from some plants in my Biorb) and wanted to get some shrimp.
I started with brand new tank, added ADA 5 Fertilizer Penac P+Penac W+Tourmaline BC + Clear Super+ Bacter 100 to the bottom, then Carib Sea Eco-complete planted stratum (I bought Amazonia so was going to add a little to the back if it was ok- it arrived 2 weeks late due to some shipping mishap or I'd just keep for next tank- either way was going to ask about disturbing the tank, but I figured Eco-complete would be ok).
I added the corner filter and beneficial bacteria and it was off!
I had no pH issues with Eco-complete black- but it was leaching cloudy, dark brown color. I did a water change and it seemed to get better- but after a few days discoloring again but less so ( I've looked and no one else seems to have had loss of color from the Eco-complete. I've contacted them and they're sending me a new bag, no one else has had issues with discoloration- it's on the way and I'm from FL so it's not far. Figured I'd start over with Amazonia & Eco-Complete when it arrived. Ammonia spiked two days ago and then dropped back to normal.
I bought some Mopania and boiled it for a week and then soaked it daily. It was only a mild yellow/orange tint so put it in the tank just to experiment- figure why not while I wait.
The next day the water was dark tea colored from MopanI tannins- all levels fine. I put in poly-fill batting (no preservatives, US made) and activated carbon to see how it would clear the water- this was last night. I awoke this morning and the tank has decreased in the color intensity, but it seems cloudier with a white film! It is on the glass, on the mopanI wood, anything it touches. What is this?! I have an aquaclear filter in with sponge, (poly-fill from last night), carbon and then biohome as top layer. What is the white film from?! Polyester? Let me know your thoughts and if I should just break down the aquarium now. I'd call this water murky now. I'm trying to use this as a learning opportunity and don't know what I did "wrong". Thank you to anyone that can tell me. Tank is about 3 weeks now.
Thanks to anyone that can help- photos are attached of the white film. You can see where I've wiped the tank front with my hands.
Everything is brand new in the tank so no contamination- I wanted to start a tank on my own again to become more experienced.