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[APD] RE: Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 4, Issue 10
Thanks for the timely response Scott. My water is not green as yet, thank
goodness, but you are correct I will start feeding the plants with small
dosages of Kent Freshwater Plant and keep doing my water changes and see
what happens. A UV light is OTW, but time will tell. Thanks!
--- Vic Di Cosola <clutch24 at adelphia_net> wrote:
> . . . A very nice guy here mentioned in my earlier post on cloudy
> water, that this could be early bacteria/normal?? I'm not set to
> panic JUST yet, but...2 days after a 50% water change, it's more
> cloudy than before and seems to be getting worse.
<<<I haven't found water changes to be particularly helpful with the
clouldiness that comes from a cycling tank. It comes right back. I've
thought that this was because it's more a matter of the good bacteria not
yet outcompeting the stuff that clouds the water. You pull out a bunch of
the bacteria with a water change and it just grows back rather quickly. If
you try to starve the bacteria, you can end up starving your plants. Hoping
I learned well from Tom, I try to be sure my plants don't go hungry. And if
I got impatient, I'd throw on a UV. If it started to turn green on me, then
I might be even more inclined to use a UV, but I've never actually had green
water, knock on wood.>>>
<<<Avoiding the tank cycling is best but with any halfway decent planted
the bacterial bloom clouding the water is doomed. I can't say that's what
you have, but it sounds like it.>>>
> Could this be natural for this
> tank with the
> amount of plants, light and Co2? Do I perform another water change
> and add some activated carbon??
<<<I wouldn't use carbon. And I'd only use water changes to control the
and phosphate levels, dosing each accrodingly to maintain nice levels and
balance. I.e., I'd try to feed the plants a balance diet. And I might throw
in more mulm into the filter. "Dirty" filters are good for new tanks,
> I do think I have a good aquatic balance of light Co2 and plants.
> Nutrients to follow soon,
<<<I would have thought that the nutrients should come right along with the
lighting. Without good feeding, the lights are more likely to help algae
than the plants we like.
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