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Can anyone give me tips on how to clear up a cloudy tank??,its 40 gals. High, i got two filters but tanks allways cloudy
 

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How long has the tank been running? :D
 

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I would look into feeding and water changing (or lack thereof) here. cloudy water is generally caused by algae/bacterial blooms which in turn are generally caused by having too many excess nutrients in the water. eliminate the excess and you'll eliminate the bloom. UV sterilization would also help but is rather uncommon in a tank of that size.
 

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Catfish to help clean bottom

Can anyone tell me if theres a catfish for freshwater tanks i can buy to help keep the pea sized rocks on the bottom of my tank clean??, i have a allege eater that keeps my glass clean but never see him on the bottom,thanks for any help here...
 

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We have 2 cory's in our 20g that stay on the bottom and eat almost all the food that makes it to the bottom.Im not sure if they are catfish but they look like catfish kinda..They got whiskers like a catfish and they sift around the gravel looking for food, looks like they use there whiskers to aid in finding it.They never bother any of the other fish in the tank and are very peaceful.Might be to small for what you are looking for tho the ones we have are about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long.
 

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Could be a bacteria bloom. If so, the tank should clear up in 3-5 days. Check water parameters. Perform partial water change, about 25%.
 

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i use gravel in the bottom of my tank an its white an blue , i change about 25% of my water about every 4 weeks an the white gravel on bottom is always brownish,is that some type of alage problem? an is there something to add to clean it up? thanks
 

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ok your problem there is that you are doing too little water changes, at minimum it should be 25% weekly although 25% twice weekly is common.
 

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Re: Catfish to help clean bottom

paul said:
Can anyone tell me if theres a catfish for freshwater tanks i can buy to help keep the pea sized rocks on the bottom of my tank clean??
We have 2 albino corys and they are great. They have great dispositions, they mind their own business, and are quite fun to watch. The Albino have an interesting look with their white/pink body and pink eyes. They like to be kept in a group if possible, but I have 2 and they seem very happy and active regardless.

I've heard that shrimp are also great bottom feeders, but mine is more busy with algae than the food.
 

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different shrimp eat different stuff, the very popular ghost shrimp eats leftover food from the fish, the less popular amano shrimp eats algae. Shrimp are the best cleaners since they are cheap and remain relativly small, plus you dont need to feed them, the food that the fish miss is good enough for them
 
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