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Old 11-11-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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on again off again cloudy water

Been having problems with my water getting cloudy. My tank is only 2 months old. The water gets perfectly clear for 3 or 4 days then, I get a day or 2 of cloudy conditions. My water tests ok. It doesn't seem to affect my fish. I am going through that new tank diatom bloom. Could this been the cause ?
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Get a UV sterilizer. It will clear it up.
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Get a UV sterilizer. It will clear it up.
+1 my tank is crystal clear and I owe a huge part of it to my uv sterilizer
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What is the filtration like? Is there a filter floss pad or something like that? Might be kicking back into the tank...if you change it every few days it could make sense why it comes and goes.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:33 PM   #5
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I'm using. chemi-pure elite in my hob filter. I put some floss on top of the bag. Checked it last night and it did look pretty dirty. I took it out to see if it would make a difference. Got home from work today and the tank still looks cloudy. Could it be some kind of algae bloom ?
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:46 PM   #6
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Try some activated carbon. That always does the trick for me. Polishes up the water nicely. BTW how new is this tank and what did you clean it with??
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The tank is been running for about 2 months. The chemi-pure I'm using in the HOB filter is a combination of carbon and resin. I have a lot of diatoms in the sand and I was thinking that could be adding to the problem. I am thinking it is some sort of bacteria bloom though.
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Are you using tap water?
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I too might think about activated carbon.
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+1 my tank is crystal clear and I owe a huge part of it to my uv sterilizer
Beyond the initial cycle a UV sterilizer won't do much of anything to clarify water. The only type of cloudiness a UV sterilizer will take care of is from a bacterial bloom and there is nothing pointing to that being the case. I would try either purigen or carbon before anything else.
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