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post #1 of 20 Old 03-06-2018, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 20 gallon high tank with an Aqueon Quiet Flow 20 filter. The filter replacement cartridges are pricy and didn't do too great at getting clear water so I am trying my hand at DIY cartridges' where I cut to fit them in the plastic cartridge holder in the filter. In
the flow of water I first have the
Classic Bonded Aquarium Filter Pad by Aquatic Experts and then behind that I have a 100 micron Polishing Filter Pad (soft side first) also by Aquatic Experts. When first put it in it took 2-3 days and my water which was a little cloudy and slightly green became crystal clear. 2 days after that it became cloudy again but not as green. I was also rinsing out the pads about every other day cause they get dirty quick (esp. the polishing pad). Do I need to do something else with filtration or do I have an algae issue? I feel stuck. I cleaned all plants and did a 50% water change the day before I started the new filter pads. Its been a little over a week now and I think I should do another water change? Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated!


Side note: In my tank I have 2 mollies, 2 guppies, 2 platys, 2 zebra danios, 1 fancy goldfish (hes about to move out) and 1 catfish who will be getting a new friend or 2 when the goldfish moves out.
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-06-2018, 10:11 AM
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I hate when this type pf stuff happens! I would put all my fish in containers, drain the aquarium, but save a portion of the water for refill, then shovel all my gravel into a bucket. sit for about 3-5 min.. Then refill the aquarium with gravel, scape it, and add décor, put the filters and heater back, place a bowl to dump the water back in the aquarium. Top with required water.
Let the filters run for about 20 minutes before putting the fish back in.. Water should be clear in a few hours.


You might not believe me, but I'm suspecting the problem is with the bacteria.

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I hate when this type pf stuff happens! I would put all my fish in containers, drain the aquarium, but save a portion of the water for refill, then shovel all my gravel into a bucket. sit for about 3-5 min.. Then refill the aquarium with gravel, scape it, and add décor, put the filters and heater back, place a bowl to dump the water back in the aquarium. Top with required water.
Let the filters run for about 20 minutes before putting the fish back in.. Water should be clear in a few hours.


You might not believe me, but I'm suspecting the problem is with the bacteria.



I just get nervous to do that much of a water change. Last change I did a 50% change and it was nice and clear but only lasted 2 days.
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To me, that looks like a bacteria bloom... whats your water values.

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I'm also curious about water-test values..


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Just looks like a bacterial Bloom to me as well. Had one a couple weeks ago but took care of it with a UV sterilizer. Another solution is to cut off the lights. Only if you don't have live plants in the aquarium
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Just looks like a bacterial Bloom to me as well. Had one a couple weeks ago but took care of it with a UV sterilizer. Another solution is to cut off the lights. Only if you don't have live plants in the aquarium
If it cleared up with a UV light, it sounds a lot more like a algae bloom rather than bacteria... ditto for lights.

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If it cleared up with a UV light, it sounds a lot more like a algae bloom rather than bacteria... ditto for lights.

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Right after I posted this question we lost power for 2 days due to a snow storm. Since the tank sat there for 2 days I had to do a water change last night as soon as power came back. I had to place new pads into the filter since the ones in there sat for so long without good water flow. I did however have a battery operated air pump which I hooked up to an air stone I had and placed the pads over the bubble flow to try to keep in some good bacteria. I also covered the tank with a blanket to keep the tank from loosing too much heat. it dropped from 78 degrees to 70 degrees. I even heated some water on my grill to add some warm water to the tank. Needless to say they all survived and are happy and never showed signs of stress!! So now for the time being I am just keeping an eye on the tank for cloudiness issues and if it does happen again I will be back on here.
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I'm also curious about water-test values..
Right after I posted this question we lost power for 2 days due to a snow storm. Since the tank sat there for 2 days I had to do a water change last night as soon as power came back. I had to place new pads into the filter since the ones in there sat for so long without good water flow. I did however have a battery operated air pump which I hooked up to an air stone I had and placed the pads over the bubble flow to try to keep in some good bacteria. I also covered the tank with a blanket to keep the tank from loosing too much heat. it dropped from 78 degrees to 70 degrees. I even heated some water on my grill to add some warm water to the tank. Needless to say they all survived and are happy and never showed signs of stress!! So now for the time being I am just keeping an eye on the tank for cloudiness issues and if it does happen again I will be back on here.
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I have a 20 gallon high tank with an Aqueon Quiet Flow 20 filter. The filter replacement cartridges are pricy and didn't do too great at getting clear water so I am trying my hand at DIY cartridges' where I cut to fit them in the plastic cartridge holder in the filter. In
the flow of water I first have the
Classic Bonded Aquarium Filter Pad by Aquatic Experts and then behind that I have a 100 micron Polishing Filter Pad (soft side first) also by Aquatic Experts. When first put it in it took 2-3 days and my water which was a little cloudy and slightly green became crystal clear. 2 days after that it became cloudy again but not as green. I was also rinsing out the pads about every other day cause they get dirty quick (esp. the polishing pad). Do I need to do something else with filtration or do I have an algae issue? I feel stuck. I cleaned all plants and did a 50% water change the day before I started the new filter pads. Its been a little over a week now and I think I should do another water change? Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated!


Side note: In my tank I have 2 mollies, 2 guppies, 2 platys, 2 zebra danios, 1 fancy goldfish (hes about to move out) and 1 catfish who will be getting a new friend or 2 when the goldfish moves out.
your water is cloudy because you have removed all the beneficial bacteria from your filter,

you should NEVER change all of your filter inserts at the same time,

and you should NEVER be rinsing them/cleaning them every day,

you need to do some serious reading about cycling a tank, so you can understand how filters and bacteria work
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