View Full Version : Cloudy Dirted Tank

05-02-2016, 04:47 PM
In January I decided to take the plunge and dirt my 55 gal. Plants are growing like crazy, however, for the last couple of months, the water has been hazy. I have a Finnex FugeRay Planted+ Aquarium LED Light Plus Moonlights, 48-Inch (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GH9HURE/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1) on for 6 hours a day. I've been fertilizing with excel daily, iron every other day and K twice a week. I do weekly 50% water changes. 4 Angelfish and 3 pearl gouramis.

Any help would be so appreciated.


05-02-2016, 04:57 PM
Is it hazy green or hazy white? Also, did you cover the dirt with any gravel or sand?

05-02-2016, 06:45 PM
i would think plants could do with longer light, possibly all that nutrients are not getting taken up by the plants.

I would do the water change, and stop fertilizing for a week. If its green hazy, then no lights for a week or two....but plants wont like that. If white hazy then its bacterial bloom, and it will go away once food source is gone...and light off for a few days should help there too

05-02-2016, 07:03 PM
50% water changes weekly seems a bit much. I change water out in my tanks at a rate of 30% every two weeks and almost all of my tanks are overstocked.

05-02-2016, 07:44 PM
Hi! It's hazy white. I covered with flourite. Thanks~

05-02-2016, 07:45 PM
OK! Thanks! I'll stop the ferts first and see if I need to cut the lights. Thanks so much!

05-02-2016, 07:56 PM
Maybe the iron

05-02-2016, 08:15 PM
Hazy white usually means a bacteria bloom. However, it could also just be stirred up silt from the dirt which can take some time to settle.

05-02-2016, 08:30 PM
It would only be a guess, but if I was facing that I would start by cutting all ferts by half. At least to try to figure out if it was a contributor.