clouding substrates

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by Nick16, 25 May 2009.

  1. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

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    hi, does this happen to all substrates? when i touch mine (aquabasis and akadama) it clouds so much its annoying. does this happen with other stuff like eco complete, the red sea stuff or ADA stuff? can i have your guys personal experiances on this matter.

    cheers
     
  2. Superman

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    In both ADA Aquasoil Amazonia and Tropica Planted Substrate capped by gravel meant that I'd get clouding if I messed with the substrate.
    It's never been too bad but could be easily resolved in an hour or so with filter floss or a few water changes.
     
  3. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

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    yeah, its just a pain. i was wondering if its like that with all substrates or just 'clay' based ones. (i know alot are clay based)
     
  4. Superman

    Superman Member

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    Just to add, that I was never sure if the cloud was from the substrate or just muck.
     
  5. TDI-line

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    Yep, when i resscape my 720 litre with ADA aquasoil, once i've pulled out all the plants, i have to leave the tank for 24 hours to get some visibility back. :lol:
     
  6. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

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    ahh, right, looks like i will have to put up and shut up :lol: . (im a perfectionist you see :D )

    im going to set my 120L up as a breeding tank but i cant decide what to breed. im going to try corries but wondering if there is anything else. i was thinking so CRS or something. (if these breed) :lol:
     
  7. Mark Evans

    Mark Evans Expert

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    for me it's a case of getting everything positioned right, then fill slowly (the newspaper way) and bingo leave it for a few months.

    i'm using aquabsis at the shop and it's crystal from day 2, but it will be if you leave it alone ;)
     
  8. Nick16

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    yeah, but i fiddle which is annoying. :twisted: but anyway guys cheers for the help, i know its not just the jbl and akadama. :D
     
  9. amy4342

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    I've never had a problem with eco-complete
     
  10. dsandson

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    :wideyed:

    lol, anyway, I have JBL in one tank and akadama only in the other. The JBL does cloud up with a red colour in the water for about an hour after ripping a plant up. The akadama only clouds up with a little mulm, which soon clears too, so tis probably just the aquabasis.
     
  11. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    I had that problem with ADA Amazonia II, except that the cloudiness stayed for 5 months non stop LOL

    Until I replaced it with Oli's Naturesoil and no more problems, I can fo whatever I want with the substrate and water always clear, and in my main tank its even better only gravel lol no such problems ;)
     

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