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Old 06-02-2012, 04:41 PM   #11
 
water changes two weeks 20% did one today was weeks 14 fish 2 blk mollies 2 pandas 2creamsicles 3 barbs 1 betta 2 small cats 1 iridescent platy and 1yo yo loach. Test kit master api and all is right on. Three amazon swords couple small blade plants small bunch of wisteria floating. And yes i use prime. And flouish tabss in gravel
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:43 PM   #12
 
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you have the 30 ? That is the size right i am only finding 50 or 70? Which size for the 20g? The reviews look good on the brand. Thanks for your feedback
Yep, I've got the 30 on my li'l 10 g. I've got it on it's lowest setting - it says that it's good for 10, 20, and 30 g. tanks. I had heard that it's good to buy a fillter a little bigger, in case you move up. There might be some benefit to be able to increase the water flow. I bought it at the Petco store so they should have it online.

By the way, did you wash your gravel when you set up the tank? I seriously doubt it's a bacterial bloom.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:49 PM   #13
 
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Yep, I've got the 30 on my li'l 10 g. I've got it on it's lowest setting - it says that it's good for 10, 20, and 30 g. tanks. I had heard that it's good to buy a fillter a little bigger, in case you move up. There might be some benefit to be able to increase the water flow. I bought it at the Petco store so they should have it online.

By the way, did you wash your gravel when you set up the tank? I seriously doubt it's a bacterial bloom.
Unless you're way overfeeding your fish. On the other hand, if you said the color is green it would point to an algae bloom. How did you cycle? And is there sunlight falling on the tank in that case? (green color)

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Old 06-02-2012, 05:18 PM   #14
 
no it isnt green we put the driftwood in and hadsome of the tannin bleed out i amthinking the filter mightnot beworking right i have turned the dial up and it still hardly moves the h2o. Put a pic in my profile but can getit to come up as my pic profile
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:34 PM   #15
 
I imagine (but I could be wrong) that you would be able to see the water motion with the cloudy water. Or not - you tell me. I think the problem is more the cloudy water than the filter. I don't think any filter, including the Aquaclear, can filter out single-celled animals, which is what you may have, although everything I've heard tells me a bacterial bloom doesn't last as long as your tank has been cloudy.

I don't know what color the cloudiness is, but do you think the driftwood might still be leaking tannins and that might be the source of the cloudiness? If so, by all means pull out the driftwood and let it sit in a bucket, changing the water periodically until the water stays clear.

This is a tough problem for me. One thing I do know is if the filter is on and running and not picking up the particles in the water, they're very small and comventional filters would not be able to pick them up. The cloudy material is just floating in the water, in a suspension. If it were heavier, it would fall to the bottom of the tank.

Anyway, I don't recommend you buying a new filter unless there's a reason beside the water cloudiness that you don't like it or unless you just want to have a certain filter, I would try to get help with the source of the problem, the cloudy water. In my estimation, a new filter - barring a diatom filter - will not solve the problem. I hope some other members hop in to help. I will be here to respond to questions.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:25 PM   #16
 
I wonder if it just the normal stuff that is in the water and with the tanin color i just see that more with the water change i did today it looks better than it has. I really really appreciate your input. Petsmart etc would just sell me something else and not educate me on other possibilities. Can you see my pics in my profile you can kinda of see it?
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:41 PM   #17
 
Thank you. I can see your pictures. They look good. I'm surprised not to see the kind of cloudiness that I got a couple of times when I had set up my tank. I'd say if you want another filter and you think this one isn't working right, go for it. Just so you know, I don't think platys or guppies like too strong a water movement. By the way, in case you ever get cloudiness from a bacterial bloom, it's supposed to be common in new tanks and it goes away in a few days.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:47 PM   #18
 
I dont want to really just want think i will wait for a few more water changes i have platys but no guppies. Thanks again.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:37 AM   #19
 
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The water doesn't seem cloudy in the photos (nice aquascape too). But you are not changing enough water often enough. A partial water change should be every week at the very minimum, and 1/3 to 1/2 of the tank volume.

You also have a fair load of fish, as they mature. The loach is a very social fish and must have others, no less than 3 although 5-6 is better; but there is no where near sufficient room in a 20g. You are going to have to deal with this somehow and soon, or the loach will be highly stressed. You can read more in our profile, click the shaded name Yoyo loach or Botia almorhae.

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #20
 
Gonna call the store and see about taking him back. Thanks. I lovethe live plant look and natural for the most part

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