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post #1 of 10 Old 02-14-2018, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon, I live Lily, 6 tetras and 1 Panda catfish. We've had the tank for 9 months and until 2 months ago it was Crystal clear. We have a chart for recording results from weekly tests. The cloudy water is beyond me. I got new filter a month after bc I couldn't find replacements for the one we had. When I put it in I did a 50% water change, removed all gravel and plants. Rinsed them and put them back. A month later I still have this problem. I even got a phosphate filter. We have been not overfeeding to the point that I feel bad for them. What's next? Thank you in advance.
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-15-2018, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Forgot... I replaced 5 gallons with distilled Incase I have a problem with tap. The problem began before I changed out everything.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-15-2018, 11:13 AM
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Kill the lights until it clears then resume with less lighting. And adjust until the plants (hopefully live) thrive and the water stays clear.


If the plants are not live then get some live ones. LOL


FWIW It is very common on new tanks to have a bloom after a few weeks/months. Adjusting the lights seems to recover the tank effectively.




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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-15-2018, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Does water clarifier work for bacterial blooms? How often can I use it?
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post #5 of 10 Old 02-16-2018, 03:19 PM
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Does water clarifier work for bacterial blooms? How often can I use it?

Water clarifier (depending on type) precipitates out phosphates into larger particles the filter can remove. IME it sticks on the glass, substrate and what have you creating a mess you have to clean up.


try the lights out first.


there are also water polishing filters like the vortex diatom series that will clear up a tank very quickly. 10g in 15 minutes, 55g in a few hours and so on.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-16-2018, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Understand everything but the last paragraph. Doing the no light thing. I can't look at the other paragraph while I type about what I don't get. But it's the last paragraph. Sorry for being so new.
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-17-2018, 06:48 AM
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Water polishing filter is a filter with a really, REALLY fine media that strains out particles as small as several microns - stuff that regular filter media can struggle to remove. Marine land makes one - the magnum HOT. Itís not really for 24/7 work, but rather for spot work.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-20-2018, 04:18 PM
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Ii occasionally use The Vortex diatom xl filters.


see:: https://www.vortexinnerspaceproducts.com/

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-21-2018, 04:02 PM
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Good God! do a water-change.. That makes no sense!

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post #10 of 10 Old 02-21-2018, 04:12 PM
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make sure to dechlorinate the tap water!

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