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[APD] RE: Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 4, Issue 6

Hi Scott,

Thanks for the reply...The tank water used has always been from an 8 year
old setup.  The only thing different, was I performed 50A% water changes 4
times in 2 weeks to clear up a snail issue. No fish present for the two
weeks as well.  I do think you are correct and it is some sort of set of
phase with all the new water and plants and fish that will clear up in due
time.  Thanks,



Message: 6
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 03:14:08 -0800 (PST)
From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
Subject: Re: [APD] RE: Semi Cloudy Water (Hazy)?
To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>

When you set up, did you "seed" the tank with mulm from an
established tank? That usually helps prevent the new tank
set up phase with bacteria clouding the water. If not, the
haze will clear up on its own, although it might take a few

A UV would clear it up more quickly but is not necessary.

Scott H.
--- Vic Di Cosola <clutch24 at adelphia_net> wrote:
> Hello all,
> My tank (8 year old substrate) was set up two weeks ago
> with much broken in
> filter media, etc.  I HEAVILY planted my tank (55g tall,
> 36 x 15 x 24h")
> with Glosso's, Vals and Zephyranthes Candida's. and I do
> mean HEAVY! :) I
> had sparkling clear water before the plants arrived. PH
> of 6.8 (8.2 tap),
> Co2 automated injection with my American Marine pH
> controller.  I use the
> uptake of my canister filter to bring up the Co2 and the
> out-take to
> disperse.  I leave my Co2 and controller running
> throughout the night
> because of the buffer pH swings of my water.(KH of 6 and
> a GH of 3.) I added
> 15 Japanese Marsh Shrimp and 15 Red Cherry shrimp during
> the first week.  At
> the end of the first week, I noticed the water hazing up,
> kinda a white
> smoky haze after the 4th of 5th day.  After 7 days, I
> performed a 50% water
> change, the water was clear again (almost anyway) and now
> by the 4th day
> again, I'm seeing this white haze. It's really noticeable
> when lights are
> off when viewing the tank from the side.  When lights on,
> it's also mostly
> seen from the side.  This week I have added 15 Cardinal
> Tetra's.
> My water quality is perfect from what I see in regards to
> nitrites, ammonia,
> etc.  I'm waiting or my LaMotte Fe test kit to arrive and
> do not know my
> iron levels as yet. My plants (especially the Glosso's
> are doing remarkably
> well) They better be with 278 watts of light penetrating
> 23" or so.  2x 96w
> and 1 96w Coralife 6700k lighting fixtures. I will cut
> back the lighting in
> time when I see the Glosso are fully grown in. I think I
> can get by with
> just the two 96w.
> It has been MANY years since I have set this tank up with
> a HEAVY plant
> load, but I do remember that by planting heavy, there is
> always some haze
> associated with these heavily planted tanks.  I know I
> could add some active
> car. to the media tray in my Fluval 303 to clear up the
> water if need be.  I
> also read here sometime back, if there is a Potassium
> issue, some were
> seeing this haze or some other lack of nutrients??  I
> have waited on the
> adding of any Kent Freshwater Plant supplements until the
> LaMotte arrives
> (in a few days) so an overdosing issue is not an issue
> here.  With my 50%
> water changes, low fish count/feeding I also do not
> believe I'm having an
> over nutrient issue as well?
> Any help on what I'm seeing in the hazy water department
> would be great!!
> The plants seem to be doing well thus far, so I'm just
> being a bit
> cautious!!  Thanks
> Vic

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