The water in my 12 gallon has taken on a "cloudy" appearance. I say that with quotes because when I researched cloudy water is seems as if they are talking really milky white, and mine is nowhere near that but I have no idea what else to call it.
The water looks fine from a short distance, (just few feet away) but when I get up close I see little tiny bits of white, like algae but not green. I am thinking this is the beginning of bacterial bloom but I'm not sure since it's not getting any worse, and it's been like this for almost a week.
Water parameters are perfect amm=0 nitrite=0 nitrate<5. I changed 20% water immediately when this first happened but that did not make a difference. As of yesterday, I changed 10% of water 2 days in a row and put new filter media in (charcoal eclipse cartridge with some additional phosphate removing media on top). The water maybe looks a little better?
What do you guys think is going on?
Could be a bacteria die-off/bloom, a way that you tanks achieve a balance between denitrifing bacreria and available food for sustaining those bacteria. How long has the tank been set up? It is not a bad thing. Water changes are good. Are the fish in seemingly good health?
All fish are doing fine. Healthy, eating, swimming around. No clamped fins. Even Mr. Pleco is starting to come out of his cave a little.
The tank has been set up for about 3 months. I used about 60% cycled gravel, a piece of cycled filter media, and bio-spira. The parameters showed it was cycled in a little over a week (which was great).
I didn't change the water today, but am planning on one tomorrow again.
You may also want to try a flocculent to help clear the water. A flooculent attatches itself to waterborne prticles making them heavy and forcing them to sink to the bottom thus clearing the water. I would be careful using this, however, unless I was absolutely sure all water parameters were good to go. Your tank should hae a gravel sweep after using this product to remove all fallen detritous and ensure a healthy biobed.
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