Originally Posted by Dtorre125
My system has been running for 36 days. I understand Copepods are a good thing but I'm not a big fan of how cloudy they are making my water. Over the last couple days it has cleared up some. Is time the only factor that will help balance them?
It has barely finished cycling if it even has finished yet.
I have some doubt that you have copepods in your tank.
Can you literally see little critters jerking around on the glass?
Most copepods live on surfaces and are not free swimming, at least not in concentrations enough to cause cloudy water.
My thought is that you are experiencing the very normal and desired bacterial bloom that occurs when the bacteria in the tank have hit a solid, thriving population. It will cover everything with a cloudy whiteish film, even the glass, thereby making the water look cloudier than it actually is. This usually clears itself up in a couple of weeks.
If there are a good number of pods
in your tank, I doubt they are making the water cloudy. I only notice what looks like snow flurries in the water and tons of them crawling on the glass/substrate/rocks.
I think it may be coincidence of a bacterial bloom making the water cloudy and you noticing the pods
increase in numbers, but I don't think the two are directly related.