08-17-2017, 04:39 PM
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Near Harrisburg Pennsylvania
| | Cloudy water in established tank??
I use a Fluval 70 in my 40 gal planted tank with CO2.
I clean my sponge once a month, or as needed.
After the past few cleanings my water is getting cloudy. It's not real bad, it's just a little hazy.I don't know why this is happening.
When I clean my sponge in tap water I'm able to get the sponge very clean. the water would get a little hazy for a day or so then it would clear up and look great. And then it would get a little cloudy when the sponge needed to be cleaned again, that's if I didn't keep up with my regular schedule. This is basically the way my tank works. I've been fine with this so far, but lately the water is starting to stay a little cloudy.
I know that I lose the beneficial bacteria using tap water.
When I clean it in tank water in a bucket, I can't get it as clean. When you rinse a sponge in tank water you can't really get all of the junk out of the sponge.
A lot of people say to keep the sponge until it starts to fall apart. Some say to change it on a regular basis.
My current sponge has been in for about 6 months.
Please let me know what you guys and gals think about this.
Thanks for the help!!