Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 04-02-2019, 09:45 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 1
Cloudy water

Hello, i have milky cloudy water in my 65 gal freshwater tank. It's 3 weeks old. I'm new at this so I'm sure I've done sonething wrong. I have hod aquaclear 100 filter that has a sponge filter, carbon, and bio block. I have cleaned the sponge once about 3 days ago. The tank has about 17live plants...its holding at 78 degrees. I have 2 airstones in it and about 25 small community fish. I did a partial water change 3 days ago. My water is stll cloudy. The ph is 7.6 hrph is 8.0 ammonia is 0.50 ppm nitrite is 0 ppm and nitrate 0 ppm. Will it clear eventually. I do have well water out here but it is a new system and safe for drinking. Any advise? Thanks

Jllara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2019, 09:53 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 619
Can't really speak with expertise but pretty sure you have interrupted your cycle with the water change and cleaning the sponge. I am *assuming* you used old tank water to clean the sponge in not tap water if not then you are definitely going to be starting a new.cycle because all the BB(beneficial bacteria) are dead

earhtmother is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2019, 11:01 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
BBradbury's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,758

Cloudy water can be caused from the bottom material not being rinsed enough. It could be that the filter media isn't dense enough to attract and hold the small particles in the water that will cause haziness or from very hard water with a heavy mineral content. Large, weekly water changes of half or more will help. Also, a dense filter medium like the Acurel products are helpful. The ammonia filter medium from Acurel is about the best I've used. Combine this with larger, more frequent water changes and the tank water will clear up.

"Fear not, my young apprentice. Just change the tank water."
BBradbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2019, 12:25 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
King Fisher's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Nevada
Posts: 2,767
It sounds like your tank isn't cycled and you have a bacterial bloom. Essentially, you will be doing a fish in cycle.

Start doing 25% daily water changes. Use a good dechlorinator such as Seachem Prime. Don't clean your filters unless they are so gunked up that it affects the operation of your hob filter. When you do clean it use old tank water or dechlorinated tap water. Only lightly remove the gunk. Don't scrub it.

Try to keep your ammonia at or below .25ppm.
King Fisher is offline   Reply With Quote

ate, cloud, cloudy, cloudy water, loud, water

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cloudy Aquarium becoming even more cloudy?! Preston019 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 10-13-2012 11:52 AM
Cloudy cloudy cloudy madhatter208 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 9 06-13-2007 12:28 AM
do bloodworms cause 'cloudy water' ??? my water is cloudy Bubble_B0y Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 10-23-2005 05:54 PM
cloudy water after re-decorating and water change Gordinho80 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 04-14-2005 02:15 PM
Cloudy Water (Fresh Water) bbaker Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 8 12-28-2004 07:21 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.