01-25-2007, 05:45 PM
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Yep it did. The cloudiness is most like caused by an algae bloom. Increased filtration and/or more live plants to compete with the algae will help this. It will most likely clear on its own however. The same thing happened in my plant growing tank which I first started using a co2 reactor on it but it cleared up within a few days without any filtration whatsoever. It tends to happen more often in a tank that is not properly cleaned allowing more nutrients to remain for bacterial and algae related blooms that cause water cloudiness. Out of curiosity I have to wonder why you are using co2 in that particular tank...there don't seem to be many live plants in it to utilize the co2...in which case a co2 reactor serves little purpose...
As you can see my main tank has far more plants to use the co2 that is produced but still not so many that a co2 reactor is required although I use one to help out the plants that I do have with spectacular results. Some of the plants grew an additional inch or two within 2 days after adding a co2 reactor to the tank. Note in this tank I'm not allowing a space for co2 buildup. The co2 is being delivered via an air wand at the bottom of the tank. The series of valves I have it all hooked to allow me to turn off the co2 flow to the tank at night (when it is absolutely not needed by anything) and to immediately switch over to an air pump if for some reason emergency aeration was required. While all of that may be a bit confusing you have to keep in mind that I have vastly different setups for each of my tanks depending on what they are being used for and which fish are present in the tank.
*Note the co2 reactor is not running in this picture.
To compare the effects of co2 in the tank this is the tank today, 3 days after running a new co2 reactor to the tank.
*Note the growth achieved on the plants towards the rear of the tank. Pretty impressive in less than 72 hours.