I have an Aquaclear 300 that is several years old. Tank is 38g PLanted, diy co2. Fish load right now is really light. 7 zebra danios,3 ottos and 3 cories. My water looks awful! I have taken the filter apart and cleaned it, the intakes are not blocked either. But there are little pieces of debris floating everywhere. It doesn't help that for for some reason the water is cloudy also. Ph is 6.5, kh is 4 ammonia and nitrites are 0, Nitrates are about 10. So far I have only added some tetra flora pride. There are roottabs in the substrate. The plants are pearling really good. The water at the top looks very bubbly
So can anyone recommend a good filter that does not cost an arm and a leg? This one is going to have to last till taxes come back. I HAVE to feed the kiddos first you know! And any ideas on getting rid of this cloudy water? The lights are on 12 hours a day.I have 95 w of 65k daylight bulbs and 52 watts of regular light going in. Actually I think the regular light is the problem. I need to replace them with daylight bulbs.