Right now I am in the process of cycling my tank. It is a 5 gal
hex eclipse tank, with 15W of CF
light. I am on about the 7th day of cycling, ammonia is almost non-existent, nitrites are about 3ppm and nitrates are about 50ppm. I have some dwarf hairgrass and 2 dwarf Anubis in the tank. The substrate is just plain gravel.
I added some API root tabs as per the directions. The directions say that you should add 1 tab for every 30 sq inches of gravel surface. My gravel surface is about 97 sq inches so I added 3 tabs. The next morning the water turned a brown tea color. The plants seem to be doing fine but the water looks absolutely disgusting. Did I do something wrong? Should I not have added them during cycling? Has anyone else had this experience with the API root tabs?
Any help would be appreciated!
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