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Old 05-19-2019, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all. So my 54 gallon tank is up and running. Fish are in and settling. I'm treating with metroplex in food due to ich. My tank is about a month old. I keep having cloudy water. The water is yellow from the tannins in the soil but I can't seem to get rid if the cloudiness. I know part of it is the nutrients from the soil but is there anything else I can do? Should I still be seeing cloudy water at this stage? All the plants are growing great. Aside from some blue green algae I had to deal with, the plants look good. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Edited for another question: because of the high tannin in my tank, how do I know if I have green water vs bacterial bloom?

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Do you have a filter on the tank, one with filter floss or foam in it? That should be able to greatly reduce any cloudiness, and you could remove it later if you wish.
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Do you have a filter on the tank, one with filter floss or foam in it? That should be able to greatly reduce any cloudiness, and you could remove it later if you wish.
I don't. I'm running 2 current USA water circulation pumps. They don't have any kind of filter attachment. They came with a real cheap pre filter cover to stop large things from going in.
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I have a strong belief in filtering, not the current belief that you need a filter to provide a place for useful bacteria to live, but for removing particles from the water, leaving it much clearer. It is a really cheap thing to add, if you use filter floss or pads as the media, and use a hang on back filter. I don't see the benefit of having cloudy water, however natural it is.
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Bacteria and algae are too tiny to get filtered out my foam pads. Dense foam (50 micron pore size) would catch clay soil particles, if that is causing the cloudiness. A UV sterilizer would clear up water cloudiness due to algae and bacteria.

The soil still could be creating problems a month after set up. Water changes and carbon filtration would help. Also, check that some animal/worm is not digging into the soil.

If plants are growing, this should be a temporary problem that will go away. If it doesn't, a photo of tank would help.
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