Hi - about 3 weeks ago I changed one of the 3 pads in my fluval filter (rinsing it first as instructed) and all was fine a week later my partner put the next filter pad in but didn't rinse it! since then we've had really cloudy tank water which didn't clear. I did the weekly 20% water change and when it didn't clear twigged that he hadn't rinsed the pad - so I took both pads out (as I couldn't determin which had been rinsed) and rinsed them both thoroughly and did another 30% water change. But my tank water is still cloudy???
We have a high number of trumpet snails now (starting with 2!) and 3/4 of substrate is sand rest gravel - could the high population be causing the water to stay cloudy?
63l (UK) tank 60 cm long, 35cm high, 30cm wide
plastic plants, bogwood, plumbers plastic pipes and 2 grass like real plants (not sure what they're called but they're taking root all over the tank and thriving)
5 cardinals, 2 dwarf honey gourmis, 6 cory julies, 3 cherry barbs, 3 cherry shrimp, 3 ponoccio shimp - (LOTS of trumpet snails) all fish are brightly coloured, active, eating and look healthy so they don't seem to be at all effected by the water - but I'm sure if it's not sorted they'll probably suffer as a result.
Hoping you can come to my rescue - yet again! and help me solve the problem