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post #1 of 4 Old 03-19-2011, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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High ammonia but perfect nitrates/nitrites??

Hey all! I have been struggling with cloudy water for months. My fresh 55G with 8 med/large cichlids is perfectly healthy as far as Alk/pH/Nitrites/Nitrates/hardness. But Ammonia levels are high and the water stays a white cloudy all the time (not green/algae cloudy).

I have tried overcleaning it and vacuuming/water changing twice a week. I also tried just letting it sit and try to work itself out without touching it for 2 weeks. Been barely feeding fish at all, even not feeding at all for 5 days a couple of weeks ago, but still cloudy, whether a day after 60% water change or 10 days after.

All through it the fish have been happy and hungry, but I just can not clear up the water. I don't think it's overfeeding because the nitrates/nitrites have always been perfect.

Should I buy an anti-ammonia product? Which one? Or something else? Thanks!

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-19-2011, 05:45 PM
what test kit are you using and what exactly are your readings?

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-19-2011, 11:06 PM
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Overcleaning and not adding some kind of bacteria back into the tank could be the reason for the ammonia problem or if you washed out the filter with tap water. Or it could be a filter malfunction or too old of carbon in the filter media. As far as cloudy water i had the same kind of problem and im in cycling, when i used Stress Zyme it went crystal clear and 0's across the board within 24 hours lol. Another good reason for cloudy water is algae bloom.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-19-2011, 11:24 PM
A lot of people have been seeming to have this issue...ammonia readings but 0 nitrites and a good ppm of nitrates, as well as cloudy water.

For the cloudy water...could it be high phosphates? You can get a test for it, or buy phosphate remover. I doubt its a bacteria bloom, as that wouldnt give you the ammonia I dont believe.

It could also be an ineffective filter...it seems like they just dont make them like they use to anymore.
What filter are you running and what is the gph on it?

8 med/lg cichlids (depending on species) could be overcrowding causing the ammonia and the cloudiness. Cichlids are very messy fishies!

For starters, try doing small 15-25% water changes every other day, or when ammonia spikes, for a few weeks and see if that helps, if it isnt phosphates or an issue with the filter being below par for your tank's needs.

Good Luck and hope we can help you figure out the issue.

(I am not having ammonia issues, but a cloudy issue...and mine is due to an insufficent filter, and a little bit of overcrowding...working on re-homing my small shoal of rasboras.)

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