07-04-2012, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Bex2011xx
Hi, I'm fairly new to keeping fish so i'll try and give as much information as possible.
We currently have a 500l tank that has been running fro 5 months now. It has a UV filter that is 100l above what we need, we also have a water pump in the tank. We have rocks and sand. After 4 weeks we put 6 cichlids in the tank. We then added a further 6 4 weeks later and 4 weeks after that we added 2 more, plus 2 plecs and a catfish. We feed them once a day, and only enough for what they can eat in a few mins. We have 8 small Nerite snails, which are fantastic in cleaning the algae. All seemed fine.
Then around 6-7 weeks ago we noticed the water started to become cloudy. We were doing weekly partial water changes up to then, on the advice from the local aquatic center. WE then did a 50% water change, plus cleaned out the filter. This did nothing to solve the problem. We then went back for advice, and he told us not to change the water as this was not helping the bacteria bloom.
The problem is that it still has not improved, we have left it for 4 weeks now, and no change. We check the water every other day and all levels are totally fine. Fish are healthy and seems happy.
Any advice would be appreciated :)
Thanks in advance
That would be frustrating! Be careful about cleaning out your filter. Since your tank is still new, you don't want to be cleaning your filter media in anything but tank water. Some will tell you that it will eventually clear on its own, if left. But, if it were me, I'd take out your carbon (if you use it) and replace with Purigen by Seachem. It's purpose is to make water clear and it does work well. I've never used carbon, but tried this product because my tanks both started to look slightly cloudy. I guess it had lots of organics in the water. One tank had tons on plants I pulled out (to make it a brackish tank) and I put them in my other tank, that already had plants. I'm guessing all the disruption of the sand created a cloudy tinge. I put Purigen in cut piece of pantyhose (or you can buy a mesh bag), put it in my filter, and now have clear water. That's my best suggestion :) Good luck. You can find Purigen on Amazon or in most pet stores/fish stores.