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weaselnoze 11-30-2006 06:14 PM

typical cloudy water post
i cannot seem to get the water clear. it has a milky cloud to it although its not severe. i have 2 banana plants, the rest are fake. the filter is clean and working. i've done water changes etc. i dont believe i am overfeeding and i've used water clear drops several times. i cant kick it. i've read about bacterial blooms. how does one get rid of that? i think its affecting the inhabitants as 2 frogs came down with dropsy and died, one green tiger barb wasted away over 7 days or so, and the other green barb is starting to show wasting away symptoms. are the green tiger barbs more delicate?

dprUsh83 11-30-2006 06:18 PM

Do you have any water parameters that you can post?

weaselnoze 11-30-2006 06:50 PM

no sorry i havent done any water tests.

JouteiMike 11-30-2006 07:52 PM

Is the tank newly set up? Sounds like it's still cycling and going through a bacteria bloom like you stated. Only time will cure the tank of the cloudiness. Be sure to test the water, the reaults are needed to give you the best answer.

weaselnoze 11-30-2006 08:01 PM

tank is maybe a month old? it wasnt cloudy for the first few weeks.

dprUsh83 11-30-2006 08:17 PM

Did you go through the process of cycling the tank?

tophat665 11-30-2006 09:06 PM

Every cloudy tank I have I have been able to uncloud by removing some of the fish. My Loach holding tank was like skim milk before I moved a couple of them to the Loach Motel. Water changes in a white plastic bucket made it pretty clear that what looked white in the tank was actually a green algae bloom. Now that I have moved out the two Dojos and the Sand Loach (and replaced them with half their bioload in young female guppies) the water is crystal clear.

JouteiMike 11-30-2006 09:32 PM

Could you give more information about the tank?

How many fish/what types
How often you feed
What you feed

A month is still a really new tank...sometimes it takes several months for a tank to fully cycle. The best bet is that it is still cycling, and is undergoing a bacteria bloom. The tank usually starts out crystal clear, and remains that way until an ammonia source is added. That's when the bacteria appear and make the water a milky color.

Just bare with it. Keep doing regular water changes...and test the water frequently. You want to have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and nitrates under 40. When vacuuming the gravel, don't go too crazy, maybe only vacuum 1/4 of the gravel each time, or non at all at times (depending on the fish load). This will ensure that you don't destroy and kill too much of the bacteria living in your gravel.

crazie.eddie 12-01-2006 02:29 AM

If that is your tank in your signature, then your tank is overstocked. Keep in mind that the general guideline for stocking a tank is 1" per 1 gallon of fish. This is usually for long bodied fish (tetras, guppies, etc). Wide bodied fish (angels, discus, etc.) are normally stocked at 1" per 2-3 gallons of water.

I suggest buying a test kit, but in the meanwhile, you should bring a sample of your water to your LFS/LPS. They should be able to test it for free.

weaselnoze 12-01-2006 06:47 PM

thanks for the info guys.. for the amount of fish i have in there, what size tank would be the right size? the tiger barbs are little dudes yet. about the size of a nickel.

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