11-30-2006, 08:42 AM
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OK, I'm going to reiterate llaustins question, as your condition looks very similar to what we had gone through.
Are the plants live plants?
are you providing the proper lighting/fertilizer/gravel/co2 for your plants?
Try removing the plants for 2 weeks, do a large water change, and see if your cloudy green water returns.
Check your tank nitrates before and after the water change, and your tap water nitrates.
Decaying plant matter from improperly cared for plants will boost your bacteria count and ammonia/nitrites/nitrates production on the tank. End result, rapid increase in nitrates. Algae feeds on this nitrates.
Basically, its both a bacterial bloom and an algea bloom. your tankwater goes from clear after the water change, to a milky color, then to a milky green color.
so My suggestion is, remove the live plants and store them in a QT, do a 75% water change with a thourough gravel vac (all broken off roots need to be removed from the gravel) then wait two weeks. you may also want to do another water change after the first week. If your conditions improve, then youve found your problem. The solution, either go to fake plants, or research proper care for the species of plants you have. ensure proper lighting, food and substrate.
Also note that an air pump/bubbler in the tank is a bad idea with live plants. Oxygen bubbles will carry the Co2 in the water to the surface and disperse it into the air. This will rob the plants of necessary Co2