Cloudy Tank?

ladyrivermouse

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I'm not sure what's happening with my bettas tank. He's in a 25 gallon with a cleaning crew of snails and a clown pleco. Water conditioning consistently measure fine for Ph and nitrite levels, the heater and filter are both working normally. My tank clouds up almost every other day. Just when I think it's starting to settle and clear it clouds up again. What gives? Any ideas or suggestions?
 

maggie thecat

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Is this a new tank?

It could be bacteria bloom, which is an irritating, but normal phase of tank evolution. It generally clears up on its own after a week or ten days or so.

It could also be fine dust that the pleco is rucking up when it turns over the gravel. Again, that's something that resolves itself over time.
 
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ladyrivermouse

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maggie thecat said:
Is this a new tank?

It could be bacteria bloom, which is an irritating, but normal phase of tank evolution. It generally clears up on its own after a week or ten days or so.

It could also be fine dust that the pleco is rucking up when it turns over the gravel. Again, that's something that resolves itself over time.
It's been an established tank for about 4 or 5 months, it could be bacteria though, or maybe Roomba turning over a lot more gravel. I didn't think about that.
 

maggie thecat

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You may want to be a bit more aggressive with your substrate vacuuming . Trapped gunge can build up over time. Then the pleco turns the gravel over and releases said gunge into the water column.
 

April Shannon

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ladyrivermouse said:
I'm not sure what's happening with my bettas tank. He's in a 25 gallon with a cleaning crew of snails and a clown pleco. Water conditioning consistently measure fine for Ph and nitrite levels, the heater and filter are both working normally. My tank clouds up almost every other day. Just when I think it's starting to settle and clear it clouds up again. What gives? Any ideas or suggestions?
Betta can usually live in anything if cloud do a water change I use water conditioner also
 

DanniD

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Lots of gravel vaccuming and lots of water changes... Not sure what's causing it (maybe the pleco?) but getting more aggressive with tank maintenance should help... Also maybe add carbon to your filter media if you don't have any?
 

Fashooga

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What filter are you running?
 
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ladyrivermouse

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Fashooga said:
What filter are you running?
It's a topfin 20.
I just took a look at it, it's filthy, could be the source of clouding.
 

Fashooga

Member
Your filter isn't rated for that tank. Topfin 20 is rated for a "10-20g" tank, you have a 25 gallon tank. A bigger filter that can do a 40 gallon or more is best suited for your tank. What's happening is that your filter can't reduce all the waste that it's getting, thus the cloudy water look.

My brother in law had a aquaclear 70 for his 90g (Before it was mine) and I told him that the filter isn't strong enough for the tank, thus the white cloud.

Hope this helps.
 
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ladyrivermouse

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Fashooga said:
Your filter isn't rated for that tank. Topfin 20 is rated for a "10-20g" tank, you have a 25 gallon tank. A bigger filter that can do a 40 gallon or more is best suited for your tank. What's happening is that your filter can't reduce all the waste that it's getting, thus the cloudy water look.

My brother in law had a aquaclear 70 for his 90g (Before it was mine) and I told him that the filter isn't strong enough for the tank, thus the white cloud.

Hope this helps.
Extremely helpful! Thank you! I was just using the filter that came with the tank, o better go filter shopping.
 

April Shannon

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Its the right filter had to cover up because of baby fry
 
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ladyrivermouse

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What type of filter would you guys recommend?
 
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ladyrivermouse

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April Shannon said:
Its the right filter had to cover up because of baby fry
I have replaced the filter, vacuumed to gravel vigorously, and did a water change.
I also had to offer the betta and his cleaning crew some veggies and bloodworms as an apology for ruining their day
 

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