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Cloudy Water After Water Change

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Henry Hatch, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. Henry Hatch

    Henry Hatch Guru Class Expert

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    I've been running into a cloudy water problem after water changes and dosing. I've been dosing nitrates, phosphates, flourish, and flourish iron after water changes. The water becomes cloudy and gradually clears. I have a non co2 tank into which I dose nitrates, phosphates, and equilbrium at the levels recommended by Tom. Water is crystal clear. I haven't done a water change yet on this tank.

    I read some postings here and on APD and suspect that there may be an interaction with the iron in Flourish , Flourish Iron, and po4 since I have been dosing them at the same time.

    Is this likely the problem ? Also If this interaction is producing iron phosphate does this mean these two elements are not available to plants when they combine ?

    Henry Hatch
     
  2. essabee

    essabee Prolific Poster

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    I used to have that problem till I realised that the tap water was high with ferrous salts which were oxidised to insoluble ferric salts in the aquarium.
     
  3. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Yep, very likely.
    If you have harder water, even more likely.

    I'd switch over to TMG, it's got a strong chelator than Flourish.
    I also do not dose PO4 and Fe on the same days.
    That will help(either or both)

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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