My first attempt at fancy NPT tank is not going well. It's a 3g tank and I decided to go high-end and put down ADA Amazonia plant substrate. I followed the instructions and didn't rinse and put down a plate when pouring in water etc, etc, etc. This is day two of cloud city in that tank. I can't even see the plants in the back. And the tank has kind of sour swamp smell.
What do I do now?
I put a small pump-driven box filter in there to see if that cleared things up but so far the bubbling noise is making me batty. I did a water change but that clouded it up even more. I'm at a loss.
Do I really need this fancy plant substrate after all? Maybe just gravel would work. These are the plants currently in there:
bacopa monnieri (Moneywort)
echinodorus amazonicus (Amazon Sword)
blyxa japonica (no idea what its common name is)
bamboo (no leaves underwater, sticking straight up, there for nitrate control)
I was thinking of adding glosso or baby's tears for a carpet later on.
Also, in case you're wondering, the piscine resident of the tank was relocated to different quarters prior to the big makeover. No bettas are being harmed in the clouding of this tank.
Advice would be most helpful. Please.