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cloudy tank for two weeks, HELP!!
Old 05-06-2007, 08:55 PM   #1
 
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cloudy tank for two weeks, HELP!!

My small tank has been cloudy for almost two weeks, I have tried almost everything to remedy the siutation- I am game for all suggestions. Here is a little background on the tank.
10 gallon, freshwater
temp and all water parameters are fine, little to no ammonia.
occupants include three tiger barbs- (two medium and one small sized)
no live plants (although i plan to change this once it is all cleared up).
tank is three months old, and this is the second time this has happened. the tank is just cloudy in general, there is no green hue to it. when i looked at the filter last week, i noticed it was a little gunked up, so i rinsed it in some tank water. SLIGHT improvement in water. before you offer suggestions,
I DO NOT overfeed
I DO NOT keep my light on too long
tank does not have access to excessive natural light
I have done a series of partial water changes. Now I am just doing nothing, hoping mother nature can clear it up. The fish look fine, they are playing, eating, etc. they are moving to a larger tank once it has finished cycling. please help me clear up my cloudy water!! I do not suspect algae, for some reason I think this is a bacterial bloom- not sure why. so am I better off leaving it alone or tinkering with it?? please help!
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:03 PM   #2
 
This problem could be one of a few maladies that plague the aquarium. It could be an algae bloom. Or it could be undissolved phosphates or natural salts in the water, or it could be a bacteria die off. Use a flocculent like AquaClear or some other treatment for clearing the water. These products are not narmful to the tank an will help to narrow down the search for the problem. The problem could also be the food you feed your fish. Some foods do cloud the water. Also, overfeeding could be the culprit. Although if this is happening abnormal water parameters, such as high ammonia and nitrites/nitrates, may be present.
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:35 PM   #3
 
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Do you use carbon in your filter? If not, you might want to get a carbon pad for your filter to see if this helps.
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:39 AM   #4
 
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One time I had this problem in a 10G, I could not get rid of it to save me life... Turns out it was a ton of hard water deposits left on the inside of the tank after letting it air dry when I was not using it (also I think some dust and dirt may have contributed to the deposits nastiness), so I put the fish aside and scrubbed it even better than last time... Had to re-cycle the tank, but it cleared right up! :D :D
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Old 05-07-2007, 10:09 AM   #5
 
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Re: cloudy tank for two weeks, HELP!!

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Originally Posted by miagrrl
I do not suspect algae, for some reason I think this is a bacterial bloom- not sure why
Maybe because your tank is cloudy

If carbon doesn't help, or products meant to clear water like Accu-Clear doesn't work, then massive water change ftw. Major water changes have fixed 'almost' every problem I've had with water.
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Old 05-07-2007, 10:45 AM   #6
 
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What kind/size filter do you have on the tank? The water in my tank looked like someone poured a glass of milk into it. Once I upgraded the filter, it cleared up.
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:40 PM   #7
 
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I know what to do!! I had a similar situation happen to me. I researched this to death and bought a natural product called Algone. It's basically a plant in a pouch, but it really worked! I didn't believe it would work but figured I had a bacterial bloom in my tank with nothing to lose. I found it at my LFS for $10 for a pack of 6. It got rid of the cloudiness in one week's time with a water change prior to adding it. I also got rid of my carbon filter. I use basic phosphate lowering floss (because I have high phosphates in my tap water) in an old cartridge holder that I removed the carbon from.

I use Algone in my other tank too, it keeps the diatom in control.

By any chance is this an Eclipse Tank with a bio wheel?
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:57 AM   #8
 
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I know what to do!! I had a similar situation happen to me. I researched this to death and bought a natural product called Algone. It's basically a plant in a pouch, but it really worked! I didn't believe it would work but figured I had a bacterial bloom in my tank with nothing to lose. I found it at my LFS for $10 for a pack of 6. It got rid of the cloudiness in one week's time with a water change prior to adding it. I also got rid of my carbon filter. I use basic phosphate lowering floss (because I have high phosphates in my tap water) in an old cartridge holder that I removed the carbon from.

I use Algone in my other tank too, it keeps the diatom in control.

Ditto....Algone!!!
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:07 PM   #9
 
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Ditto Ditto! i had this problem just 2 days ago, the tank went really cloudy, to the point where you couldn't see the back of it (and it's only 35cm deep) but i remembered after reading this post that i got a free bag of algone when i bought the tank so i popped it in the filter. It's not all gone yet, but i've stopped accusing my housemate of pouring milk in the tank when i'm not looking. it's loads clearer! Thanks Andyandsue!
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:50 PM   #10
 
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I had this problem soon after i added my first fish. Yiu can spend tons of money on non harmful products, and such, but all you really have to do is clean the tank regulary and mix up the gravel. it will clear up in about a month that way, if it doesnt then by all those products.( BTW this might be caused by dirt off your gravel. make sure to wash gravel before putting it in a tank.
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