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Old 03-23-2020, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This white fog over the substrate has been persistent over the last 5 days. Parameters are all within normal range. Hoping it’s harmless bacteria.

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I would siphon it out.
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I would siphon it out.
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I have siphoned it out during water changes, but it keeps accumulating- I guess I should just stay on it till it’s gone?
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Yeah. I think it’s bacteria that’ll turn your water cloudy.
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Bacterial blooms are not uncommon in new tanks. Just keep doing water changes.
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Iíve use SeaChem Stabilty to outcompete rogue bacteria with good success.

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Thanks mistergreen

I have siphoned it out during water changes, but it keeps accumulating- I guess I should just stay on it till itís gone?
Yes. How are the plants doing? They look like they're okay.

You could gently poke the substrate just before the siphoning/water change to remove some of the DOC and aerate the soil.

A freshly submerged terrestrial soil goes through a period of chaos or accelerated decomposition the first 4-6 weeks. You can address the chaos by mineralizing the soil beforehand in a bucket as Michael does. I like to do it in the tank itself, but admittedly it does require "staying on top of things."
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