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post #1 of 21 Old 01-19-2009, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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New member here, help with cloudy tank

I've had this fish tank for a year or two now, and I really love it. Recently, Ive had this nasty cloud in my tank, and wanted to know how you guys would suggest i fix it. I do know my way around the fish tank hobby, so jargon and technical terms are fine help.

By the way, this is a few hours after a 40-50% water change.
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-19-2009, 09:15 PM
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Welcome to the forum. I don't have advice as far as how to fix your problem but plenty of people here do. Is that a severum? It's a nice looking fish

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post #3 of 21 Old 01-19-2009, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the forum. I don't have advice as far as how to fix your problem but plenty of people here do. Is that a severum? It's a nice looking fish
Thank you for the welcome, it is indeed a severum.
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-19-2009, 09:28 PM
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Any recent changes in water chemistry?
Any recent additions of new gravel, decor, fish, etc?
Is this cloudyness just in the tank itself, or can you see a film at the top?
Is it just kind of "regular cloudy" or is it milky?

Water parameters would be great as well.

Oh, how big is the tank? Looks like a 55/75 to me (or bigger), but not 100% sure.
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Any recent changes in water chemistry?
Any recent additions of new gravel, decor, fish, etc?
Is this cloudyness just in the tank itself, or can you see a film at the top?
Is it just kind of "regular cloudy" or is it milky?

Water parameters would be great as well.

Oh, how big is the tank? Looks like a 55/75 to me (or bigger), but not 100% sure.
I changed around 50% of my water today because it was cloudy, refilled, and the cloud remains.

no new additions to report.

there is no film at the top, just in the water.

it doesnt seem milky, just kinda white. you may be able to see in the picture, with the light off you can see through, although it is slightly cloudy. Once the light comes on, you cant see to the other side.

Water parameters
pH- ~7.8
ammonia 0ppm
nitrite 0ppm
nitrate 5-10ppm

tank is a 75 gallon.
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-19-2009, 10:31 PM
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possible bacterial bloom due to a mini cycle?

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post #7 of 21 Old 01-20-2009, 02:52 AM
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What foods did you use? What test kit are you using? Have you cleaned the filter media? How? What filter media do you have?

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post #8 of 21 Old 01-20-2009, 03:57 AM
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Tank doesn't look a year old to me but what do I know? I see no decorations of any kind were they removed recently? Filters replaced ? Gravel vaccumed regularly or replaced recently? What size filter and brand is being used to filter the water? Any aggressive cleaning of the tank lately? What chemicals or additives if any are being used including dechlorinator. Any medications and or salts added to the tank recently?Perhaps answers to these questions will allow others to offer some suggestions as to possible cause.

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post #9 of 21 Old 01-20-2009, 04:29 AM
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first picture, that bag of food ontop of the tank looks like sinking wafers. these will effect water quality.
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post #10 of 21 Old 01-20-2009, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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What foods did you use? What test kit are you using? Have you cleaned the filter media? How? What filter media do you have?
I feed them Hikari cichlid gold. I test with aquarium pharmaceuticals master test kit. I just replaced the filter pads, which have the carbon already in them, and didnt touch the bio-wheel. thats all the media I have.

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Tank doesn't look a year old to me but what do I know? I see no decorations of any kind were they removed recently? Filters replaced ? Gravel vaccumed regularly or replaced recently? What size filter and brand is being used to filter the water? Any aggressive cleaning of the tank lately? What chemicals or additives if any are being used including dechlorinator. Any medications and or salts added to the tank recently?Perhaps answers to these questions will allow others to offer some suggestions as to possible cause.
I took out the decorations for the gravel vac. Filter pads were replaced. I have a Penguin 350 Bio-Wheel. I use Aqua-Plus water conditioner, havent added any other chemicals in over a month.

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first picture, that bag of food ontop of the tank looks like sinking wafers. these will effect water quality.
Nope, floating pellets.
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