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Old 09-20-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
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Hi folks -- i made this a different thread because its from a different cause than the other cloudy water i think

my smaller tank (10 gallon) has gotten decidedly cloudy in the last couple days -- i suspect its due to being new needing the gravel cleaned badly -- ( I just did about 20 % change and vac) is there anything else i should be doing to get htis back to sparkling?

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Old 09-20-2006, 03:21 PM   #2
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What color is the haze?
Are there visible particles floating around?
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Is you filter undersized for your tank?

Are you, or can you add filter floss to the media?
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the filter has been used on this tank before its a whisperer J, although i have a larger model i can put on with no problem.

The water is a bit hazy yellow with no visible particles floating around
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Hi, w8tah. Hazy yellow sounds like the start of green water (algae). The overdue gravel cleaning may have kicked up excess nutrients into the water - voila, algae explosion. The same thing happened to me awhile back.

Feed the fish and then do a 50% water change/gravel vac. Turn off the tank light and cover the tank completely with a heavy blanket - you want no light to get in. If you have an airstone, crank it up - or lower the water level somewhat so the filter splashes more to keep the water well oxygenated. Maintain the total blackout for 4 - 5 days - no feeding or peeking. After the blackout, do a 50% water change. The fish and most live plants will do fine without food or light for five days, but the algae will not! Good luck.
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