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Why does my tank has a yellow cloud at the bottom?

Discussion in 'New to the Hobby Questions and Answers' started by quachthebuilder, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. quachthebuilder

    quachthebuilder New Member

    Apr 5, 2019
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    I just started my dirt planted tank with roughly 1 inch of substrate. Every went well but after I planted my Eleocharis acicularis, there was a cloud that emerged from the soil.

    I suspected the substrate was leaky so I put substrate layer on top of the previous, but the yellow cloud still emerge and started to spread further.

    I uploaded the video of it:

    The tank just got set up, the temperature is 29 degree celsius (I live in a tropical country) and the PH is around 8 - 8.5

    If anyone know what is going on, please please let me know.
  2. Colin_T

    Colin_T Member

    Jan 26, 2008
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    Perth, WA
    it's something leaching out of the soil you put in the tank.

    I don't recommend using soil in the tank because it usually causes ammonia problems. It might settle down in a few weeks but you need to monitor the ammonia levels to make sure the soil isn't going to poison the fish.

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