ok, last week i had problems with my small tank being cloudy, now my big tank is cloudy. please help- i may be making the same mistake over and over without knowing it-
tank is 30 gallons
some live plants
4 danios and three barbs in it (all appear healthy)
all water tests are normal
- i had one plant keep dropping needles (like pine needles), so i was gravel vaccuming them up- a day later, the water began to cloud. something similiar happened in my 10 gallon as well- i noticed the water majorly clouded right after a water change / gravel vac.
both tanks have power filters with activated carbon in them- i recently upgraded the size of the one on my 30 gallon to a 300 GPH model. i got rid of the plant that was shedding.
I DO NOT OVERFEED
the lights are timer set for the correct amount of light.
so am i keeping my tank too clean?? is it possible that I am vacuming up the beneficial bacteria? i only did it cause I didn't want all the shedding plant leaves to decay and turn to amonnia. how often should i gravel vac?
right now I do 10% PWC weekly, and every other week, gravel vac debris. is that too much?