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Hi I got my first tropical fishtank one month ago, after the first couple of weeks it got a white tint to the water, I have done all relevant tests and from what i can gather the ammonia is 0, the nitrate is 30 and the ph is about 7.2, now i gather they are all about ok, in my tank I have 6 neon tetras, 1 panda cory and 2 clown loaches, and my tank is 48 litre, also the gravel I have is extremely dirty it kinda looks like its rusting any way i can sort that out? basically any wisdom that you guys can impart would be appreciated.
 

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the rust is probably brown algae. take a gander at the algae chart under plants section.
 

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I dont have a gravel vac, am planning on purchasing one, what sort of level should the nitrate be at and will it help reduce the cloudiness of the water, i only moved the stones slightly earlier and the amount of brown dirt that came off it was unbelieveable, is there a good way of cleaning the stones manually?
 

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Using a gravel vac would help to cleanup the gravel. It probably sounds like a buildup of gunk. Nitrate of 20-40ppm is fine, although certain fish are more sensitive to higher levels.

What are your nitrIte levels?

Do you do water changes?
 

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Well i have not checked the nitrite levels recently but i will, at present i am changing about 25% of the water everyday to try and reduce the cloudiness of the water, unfortunately hasn't helped though!!!
 
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