Originally Posted by llexpress20
I have gone from the original top fin filter that came with the tank to a canister filter to a aqua clear 50 and I still have cloudy water. When I switched the first filter, I was told to run the bio wheel for 10 days and add good bacteria, this kept nitrites at 0 but did nothing for the cloudy water. Then I was told to add pro clear, but that didn't work either. Today I did a 50/50 water change, changed filters, took everything out to wash it. As of right now the tank is still cloudy and I haven't put anything back in yet. Help-- I can't see my fish
Have you tried a phosphate remover?
I have noticed that I have to always use it in my take bc with the low flow they build up more in my tank (although not the main issue for cloudiness in my tank right now).
Okay...can you answer these for me...
1- What size tank?
2- Live plants? (helps with extra filtration...although with a bad filter, makes no difference)
3- What filter and all media are you CURRENTLY using? (and do you know the specs on it, like how many gph it filters?)
4- What are your water parameters? (at least the ammonia, nitrate, nitrite)
5- Is it cycled? How long has it been up and running?
6- How many and what kind of fish are in the tank?
7- What is your lighting schedule?
8- What is your feeding schedule?
9- What all chemical additives have you put in the tank in the last two weeks?
10- Do you have anything for extra oxygen in the tank for the fish, like a bubbler? (I ask bc when water gets super cloudy I always am concerned for the oxygen level in the tank.)
Here are the ideas I have that could be the issue without first knowing the answers to all the questions I asked...
1- Phosphates too high
2- Overcrowded (too many fishies)
4- Algae bloom
5- bacteria bloom
6- poor filtration
8- too much access debris
9- water changes of small and frequent havent been kept up with (not saying thats the case, just another reason for cloudy water).
10- Forgot to wash substrate (if newer tank)
11- When switching filters, it could have been done wrong and it upset the cycle causing the tank to go into a re-cycle or mini-cycle each time the filter/media was changed, contributing to cloudy water. (However, i doubt you changed your filter after only a few days or a week or so, and I assume you ran the old and new at the same time to allow the good bacteria growth, or at the very least put the old cartridge in the new filter with the built up good bacteria.)
And I am sure I and other members can add to the list of what can make a tank cloudy...and it could be a combination of a couple of them....as mine started as an algae bloom and high phosphates...now its just purely a crappy filter not doing its job effectly and all I can do to help combat it until I can get the new filter is water changes and phosphate remover...I am sure having as many fish as I do doesnt help either...plan on getting rid of the rasboras as soon as my friend can come get them.
Anyways...hope this helps, and I will contribute as many thoughts as I can when you respond. Good Luck.