hey all, This is my first post and was wondering if you could help me. I am having trouble keeping my tank clear. There is no algae problem its just cloudy. it has been almost 48 since my last 20% water change/gravel cleaning, perhaps i stirred up too much fish poo?
In my tank i have a couple plants, some striped tetras and some neon tetras in 29g. i tested my water and everything seems to be normal, besides nitrates (my tester doesn't have nitrates on it).
also my only filter is an aquaclear 50 do you think this is enough or should i get something to have more water circulation?
How long has your tank been set up for?
I SUGGEST YOU SYPHON YOUR GRAVEL WHEN PERFORMING A WATER CHANGE, ADD SEACHEM CLARITY AND SEACHEM STABILITY, UPGRADE YOUR FILTER, I THINK IT IS TOO SMALL, USE ACTIVATED CARBON (SCIENTIFIC GRADE) AND A FILTER FLOSS, DO NOT OVERFEED YOUR FISH AND IN NO TIME YOSUR TANK WILL LOOK BETTER.
its been set up since augest.
You'll need to post your test results (saying everything is "normal" doesn't help us come to any conclusions), and pick up a nitrate test kit.
Sounds like your tank is still cycling, and could be a bacteria bloom, some tanks take several months....but we still don't know for sure without your test results. Is it a milky-white color kind of cloudiness?
yeah its milky white. nitrites and ammonia are reading almost exactly at zero. and ph is at 7.2
How big is the tank and what is the exact number of fish you have and types? What type and model filtration are you using?
Did you over clean the tank? Like change all filter filter media in addition to changing water and vacuuming gravel? That would throw your tank into a mini-cycle, and cause cloudy water from bacteria bloom...
Either way, it sounds like you are still undergoing the nitrogen cycle....especially because you are still reading a little ammonia and nitrites. Are you using test strips or a liquid test kit? Liquid is preferred, and recommended. And again...I hope you pick up a liquid nitrate test kit. Those results are crucial in determining water quality and to help determine when the cycling process is near complete.
On a side note...I would stay away from adding chemicals to clarify and stabilize the water...they are a waste of money. Just hang in there and perform routine water changes.
I WOULD NOT STAY AWAY FROM ADDING CHEMICALS TO CLARIFY AND STABILIZE THE WATER BECAUSE INS THIS CASE ARE A NECCESITY. CLOUDY WATER COULD BE A BACTERIAQL BLOOM, COULD BE BACTERIA MORTALITY, COULD BE WRONG WATER(POLLUTED, TOO CHLORINATED, ETC) COULD BE SOMETHING WRONG WITH SOME DECORATIONS THAT COULD BE LEACHING SOMETHING ISNTO THE WATER, COULD BE PLANT DECAY THAT IS CAUSING HAVOC IN THE WATER, COULD BE MANY THINGS, THAT IS WHY WE MUST STABILIZE THE WATER FIRST, UPGRADE YOUR FILTER AND USE THE RIGHT MEDIA FOR IT. SALUDOS DESDE MEXICO.
I think Mike is right in that you are undergoing a mini-cycle although we will know for sure if you manage to get a nitrate test.
Do you leave the light on for a prolongued period of time or does the tank get a lot of sunlight?
I think it's best to stay well away from any chemicals. They tend to cause a lot of instabilities. Moreover however, they can "hide" the problem as it's best to find the reason for the problem occuring so that you can stop it from happening, rather than using any chemicals which simply cover up the problem. Chemicals are also very stressful on the fish and the subsequent instabilities can often kill the fish.
A mini cycle can definately cause cloudy water. Any excess ammonia in a balanced tank can cause a bloom and cloudy water. Also, it is fairly normal to see cloudy water once or more in the first 6 months because everything needs to get completely settled in. Doing a gravel vac, pulling up something buried in the gravel and pretty much any little thing can trigger cloudy water in the early stages as this mixes things up and gives the bacteria someting more to handle than they had before.
Short of using dechlorinator with every water change from tap water, in my experience, adding chemical, unless a last resort, only makes things worse in the long run. I used to use chemicals to clear my water and every time I did the next outbreak was twice as bad so I had to use twice as much and so on. Once you get to the root of the problem you won't ever have to use chemicals to solve anything.
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