Originally Posted by rockyofhockey
Ik I'm going a little of topic here but how do I keep my sand so clear of waste like other peoples tanks even after I do a water changer there's still waste somewhere that ticks me off. Also how do I get my water crystal clear like everyone elses !😡
Here are a few possible causes for unclear water. Tannins, as mentioned. Do you have driftwood or Indian almond leaves in your tank?
Algae in the water. Do you run your lights more than 8 hours a day/have natural light shining on your tank/over-feed your fish?
When you change your water- are raking/stirring the sand before you siphon to ensure the waste and debris is able to be sucked up?
How much water do you change and how often? It may not be enough to prevent a build up of dissolved solids.
Do you have adequate circulation, or are there 'dead' spots where waste accumulates?
Do you have filter wool/floss (polyfibre) in your filters to remove fine particles?
Is your filtration adequate? Absolute minimum IMO
is 4x the tank volume every hour (40g tank = 160g/hr filtration)
Are you overstocked? Try Aqadvisor to check.
How often do you clean your filters and how do you do it?
Probably more questions, but it's 1.30am here and my brain is dead. Lol