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LasColinasCichlids 02-10-2011 09:37 PM

Cloudy Tank!!!
29 gallon, Marineland Penguin BioWheel 150b filter, heater, gravel, air pump on small bubblewand, fake and real plants (currently not using any plant food). Established and fully cycled.

Water parameters checked daily at the moment and they are consistant with stability and the tank is ammonia free, and the pH is sitting at a healthy 6.9 .

I have done partial water changes of about 20-30% about twice a week to help fix this cloudiness with no success, even lately been doing them a bit more often...last one was about 16 hours ago as well as good gravel vacuuming (which is done weekly). I have cleaned the filter, I have cut back on feeding the fish, and also tried treating the tank with Aqueon Water Clearifier, all with no such luck.

I have been fighting this cloudiness for at least 2-3 weeks now. I am tired of it, and want it back to crystal clear.

There is some algae that has started growing on the front wall that you can see if you look closely, and although tank is not in the sunlight, at one point in the day two small rays of sunlight hit the corner of the tank for about 2 hours. Could this be an algae bloom???

If it helps, here is my stock list:
6 serpae tetras all about 1 1/4"
6 brilliant rasboras all about the same size as the tetras.
4 habrosus cory, all about 1/2"-3/4"
1 clown pleco, about 1.5"
1 Albino Rainbow Shark, almost 2 inches.

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I am about out of ideas except for the thought that it could be an algae bloom.

Mikaila31 02-10-2011 09:45 PM

Does it have a white tint, brown tint, or green tint?

LasColinasCichlids 02-10-2011 09:55 PM


Originally Posted by Mikaila31 (Post 587043)
Does it have a white tint, brown tint, or green tint?

Sorry, I should have specified that is a white tint, as if it were foggy in the tank. Which is why my first thought was not algae bloom.

And I forgot to mention that I do use de-chlorinater on my tap water prior to adding it to the tank. I use it on my other tank as well, so I dont think that has anything to do with it.

LasColinasCichlids 02-10-2011 10:53 PM

Ok, I went to go take some pics of it (another purpose than this), and when I take a pic using the flash it looks green hued verses the white cloud I see with my naked eye.

I am leaning more and more towards an algae bloom.

LasColinasCichlids 02-11-2011 12:58 AM

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Curt 02-11-2011 08:40 AM

Are you using anything to adjust your ph? I found on my tank this was causing a cloudy tank. about 4 days after I stopped using it it cleared right up (with water changes) THe pic does look green however if it doesnt look green to you it could just be the reflection of the green plants.

Are you putting anything in the water besides tap water conditioner?

Lupin 02-11-2011 09:09 AM

So what filter media do you have in your filter?
The filter runs 150 gph, correct?
What lighting do you have and what is the lighting schedule?

LasColinasCichlids 02-11-2011 11:33 AM

@Curt... My tap water's pH is naturally that, thankfully, for the most part. I use to use a pH buffer when I kept cichlids, but havent used that in a long while, no need to.
And nothing else in the water at the moment other than the water conditioner and the water clearifier I tried.

@Lupin...Filter media is blue fiber stuff, carbon, black mossy fiber stuff?, and the bio-wheel. And yes, I think it is 150gph, but not 100% sure on that.
Lighting is the same light that came with the tank (it is the one from the top fin 29 gal start up kit they sell at Petsmart...but I replaced the filter with the bio wheel). So I dont have any specs on it, lol.
My lighting schedule is pretty random, but I would venture to say that the light stays on between 8 to 11 hours a day give or take. Closer to 11 since I have live plants these days.

Curt 02-11-2011 12:19 PM

I had some issues with cloudy water. Water clairfier just made it worse.. especially of when you pit it in the water there is a current. It never gets a chance to clump up. After I used the clairfier 24 hours later it would still be cloudy. I did a 75% water change and rinsed all the white funk out of my filter. The water was nearly clear. The rest cleared up in a couple days on its own.
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redchigh 02-11-2011 03:54 PM

Hmm, nothing added, stable parameters...

If it was me, I'd temporarily add some activated carbon to the filter and see if it helps. Remove it when the water's clear again.

Go get a timer, they're only a few dollars... I don't think it's related though.

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