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Old 03-18-2021, 02:29 PM   #1
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Cloudy water four weeks and counting

I have been dealing with this problem and it's relentless. The water was pristine and clear. It was five weeks after I had initially changed the cartridge and thought to change it to a new one. Since then the water is murky and cloudy.

The water parameters are fine. I even would do a 10 - 20 percent water change every 2 - 3 days and still cloudy.

It was recommended at the time to switch to this: https://www.amazon.com/Tetra-EasyBal...ct_top?ie=UTF8

I even used Prime too, as it was considered the best option, but I guess because I was water cycling every 2 - 3 days, I probably overdid it with prime and messed it up more.

I have been using Tetra because Amazon obligated me to be two - which came to $9.99, so I have two 16 ounce bottles to go through.

But the water still remains cloudy. I never had this problem with the API products.

So because I have a litltle API tap conditioner and stress coat, I just added those with the water change just now. I would also use quick start as well.

But this 4 week cloudy water persists. I even cleaned out the filter, which I understand is not something we should do, but I was desperate. I lost one fish this morning.

Could someone tell me why I don't have pristine water like before? It's really upsetting. Should I just use the Tetra once a month and do the API with every water change? I cycle the water every 3 days or so because of the fish waste.

I just wanted to add that the Terta has 4/5 stars on Amazon and the 1/5 stars did complain that the water immediately clouded as soon as they added Terta, but they did not say what they did to clear it - unless it's assumed they never used it again.

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It's hard to tell, but maybe all the water changes had something to do with it. My humble opinion - water change once a week and stop using all those water products. I only use medication when needed and a bit of plant fertilizer.
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Wow, so in less than 24 hours of water cycling and using just the API products, water is back to being pristine and crystal clear. I don't know what happened, other than this time doing a 40 percent change than a 25 percent water change.

I have the tank 4 months. I was introduced to the API products when I bought the tank but I had been reading on this board that it's not a good product. This apparently works for me.
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