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    Cloudy Dirted Tank

    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 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.

    Kerry

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    Is it hazy green or hazy white? Also, did you cover the dirt with any gravel or sand?

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    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

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    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.

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    Hi! It's hazy white. I covered with flourite. Thanks~

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    OK! Thanks! I'll stop the ferts first and see if I need to cut the lights. Thanks so much!

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    Maybe the iron

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    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.

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    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.

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