05-20-2011, 11:18 PM
| || | Frustrated w/continued cloudiness
Okay, let me try to make a long story short. My 29 gallon tank use to be gravel and fake plants and be stocked more than it is now, and I have had all kinds of cloudiness from so many different reasons. First it was underfiltration, so in addition to my Marineland Penguin 150B, I added an AquaClear 50. Problem stopped for a while until I dealt with too many phosphates, which I used a liquid phosphate remover that helps when dosed 2-3 times over 2-3 days. Also had a algae bloom. Also had to cut back on feedings. For the most part I had it cleared and under control. Then last week I re-did the tank with playsand and live plants (kept all filter media and such wet to preserve as much beneficial bacteria as possible so that combined with all the live plants my fish wouldnt, and didnt, feel any re-cycle). Within 24 hours of the switch the sand had completely settled and it was crystal clear. About two days ago the tank started to cloud up as it has in the past. It looks the same as when I have phosphates jump, so yesterday and today I added phosphate remover, still with no help. My 15g (and when I had my 5g) never have these issues, so I am assuming it has nothing to do with tap water. Stock cant be the issue as stocking levels are lower in the 29g than in the 15g (compared to tank size & filtration). Filtration cant be the issue as I have running 80 gals worth on the 29g (and 20g worth on the 15g that has no issues). I dont know what it is with this stupid tank!!! So, I am thinking could it be that there is no longer active carbon in either of the filters on the 29g tank?? I had read that active carbon isnt good for live plants, and the tank is fully live planted. (I have had live plants in tanks with active carbon before with no issues though). So I guess tomorrow evening I will go pick up a jug of carbon to put in some bio bags for the tank and see if that helps. My other thought was maybe it was a bacterial bloom??? I dont know, but I am getting really frustrated. This tank has been set up for a very long time. And this is always an issue and its always a different reason for the cloudiness, and this is the ONLY tank I have these issues with!!! After a water change, the cloudiness comes back within like 2 days. Water Parameters are all in check (ammonia is 0ppm, nitrite is 0ppm, and nitrate is 10ppm). Before the tank was planted nitrates use to get up to 20ppm, but since its planted they have stayed at 10ppm thanks to the plants I am sure. Looking for any new ideas as to what the issue could be this time or that its always been and just hadnt been figured out. Its an on and off thing, and its currently happening and driving me mad!!! Thanks in advance for any thoughts, opinion, advice, help, info, tips.... if needed the stock for the 29g is in my signature and is completely accurate.