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Old 01-13-2019, 05:43 PM   #1
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Cloudy water

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I have had my 20 gallon tall set up for 3-4 months now with guppies/tetras in it. I do weekly water changes, and my water is always cloudy. It is a white cloudy. I’m wondering if there is a way to clear this out.

Don’t know if you can tell from this picture but it’s cloudy. Don’t know why the pic is upside down, can’t seem to fix that.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:51 PM   #2
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Hello,

I have had my 20 gallon tall set up for 3-4 months now with guppies/tetras in it. I do weekly water changes, and my water is always cloudy. It is a white cloudy. Iím wondering if there is a way to clear this out.

Donít know if you can tell from this picture but itís cloudy. Donít know why the pic is upside down, canít seem to fix that.
This is normal for a new tank. It's a bacterial bloom, its normally happens after a ammonia spike. Your tank and spike with you even knowing about it. Using a a fine filter floss can help and smaller more frequent water changes can help. Poly fill, filtering pads work wonders for this. They can be found on Amazon for cheaper than the store,well in my state any way. I wouldn't suggest using it this filter floss all the time, for it filters out everything. It's great for shipping, or removing meds out of the water after a round of treatment.
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When you do water changes do you treat the new water with a dechlorinator? Do you clean your filter? If so tell us how you go about it. I'm thinking something in your maintance routine is killing off all your BB and you are always cycling the tank.
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I Agree with goat. If you are doing deep gravel vacs on a newer tank and over cleaning filter media you could be throwing your tank into a mini cycle.
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I have not cleaned my filter yet, however, I did add on a pre-filter sponge, about a month ago, and replaced the cartridge in my filter with a large sponge about 2 weeks ago. I do treat new water with a conditioner during water changes. I do a water change every 1-2 weeks, depending on time/look of tank. My water change consists of a deep gravel vac of the whole tank, which usually results in about 40%-50% water change. Should I not gravel vac as much?
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Don't do a deep gravel vac. Just lightly hit the surface of the gravel. I think that's the problem. Try doing 50% water changes weekly regardless.
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Hello,

I have had my 20 gallon tall set up for 3-4 months now with guppies/tetras in it. I do weekly water changes, and my water is always cloudy. It is a white cloudy. Iím wondering if there is a way to clear this out.

Donít know if you can tell from this picture but itís cloudy. Donít know why the pic is upside down, canít seem to fix that.
Large water changes can also strip away your bb. Smaller water changes through out tge day would be easier for your fish. I would suggest using ultimate water conditioner put out by hikari. It will make your toxic ammonia less toxic to your fish. It will act as a safety net while you are cycling your tank. There is a YouTuber Aquarium co-op is the name of his channel. His name is Cory. He has a video that breaks it down for ppl still new to the hobby. I have learned alot from him. It couldn't hurt to watch a few of his videos explaining the cycle process and how to correct it. I was able to snap my 20 long out of this as well. Although my 20 long was a bare bottom tank. I added a layer of gravel in it. Lava rock can be found at Walmart for cheap it's in the BBQ section. It is famous for hold a great bb field. The bacteria grows all over in your tank, not just your filter's I hope this helps you.
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Large water changes can also strip away your bb. Smaller water changes through out tge day would be easier for your fish. I would suggest using ultimate water conditioner put out by hikari. It will make your toxic ammonia less toxic to your fish. It will act as a safety net while you are cycling your tank. There is a YouTuber Aquarium co-op is the name of his channel. His name is Cory. He has a video that breaks it down for ppl still new to the hobby. I have learned alot from him. It couldn't hurt to watch a few of his videos explaining the cycle process and how to correct it. I was able to snap my 20 long out of this as well. Although my 20 long was a bare bottom tank. I added a layer of gravel in it. Lava rock can be found at Walmart for cheap it's in the BBQ section. It is famous for hold a great bb field. The bacteria grows all over in your tank, not just your filter's I hope this helps you.
BB is not in the water column. Large water changes does not affect BB.
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I have not cleaned my filter yet, however, I did add on a pre-filter sponge, about a month ago, and replaced the cartridge in my filter with a large sponge about 2 weeks ago. I do treat new water with a conditioner during water changes. I do a water change every 1-2 weeks, depending on time/look of tank. My water change consists of a deep gravel vac of the whole tank, which usually results in about 40%-50% water change. Should I not gravel vac as much?
Yes like Fisher said really try only to hit the top of the gravel. Also replacing your filter will remove alot of your bb and cause a cycle.
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Yes like Fisher said really try only to hit the top of the gravel. Also replacing your filter will remove alot of your bb and cause a cycle.
Yea I figured replacing the filter cart would maybe cause a cycle. Thatís why I put the pre filter sponge on first, to build up some BB first, but probably didnít give it enough time.

I will stop doing the deep gravel vacís and stick to a strict weekly water change and see if that makes a difference.

Thanks for the help guys.
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