February 4, 2012
I have a layer of organic peat under my sand in my low tech planted tank as I seen on some site that it would help the plants grow but it stains the water and also leaves the top layer of sand in the tank looking dirty. Could this stained water hurt my fish - white clouds, danios and platy?
I don't really like the look of it but they seem happy enough. So I just want advice.
The only plants I have are floating plants, egeria and water wisteria (H. Difformis)
Also I would like to add more plants to the foreground that would stay short and cover the front of the tank.
My tank is at 20 Celsius and is 60cm long with a standard light - nothing fancy.
September 15, 2008
No, it won't hurt your fish. It will lower the waters pH value though and some of your fish might not like the pH being too low. Anyway, your issue should be quite easily solved by doing water changes. I'm guessing you didn't boil the peat before you put it in the tank which means it will stain the water a lot, and a lot of water changes might be required before it stops staining your water. However you have to be patient and not do a lot of several water changes at once as this might harm your fish. So I would simply siphon out the particles on top of the sand with each water change you do, and like I said it should stop staining your water eventually.
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