Cloudy Water

Discussion in 'Cloudy Aquarium Water' started by shusband, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. shusband

    shusband Well Known Member Member

    My 29 gallon that was been up and running for almost a year and has had minimal problems has become cloudy. I've done a normal 20-30% water changes with little effect. It's a whitish cloudiness. Any guesses as to the cause? It has been clouding for a week or two.
     
  2. Ewest

    Ewest Valued Member Member

    This sounds like a bacterial bloom. They can be caused by excess nutrients.
     
  3. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Bacterial Bloom is common in new tanks I believe, this tank has been running for almost a year. To the OP, do you clean any media, filters? Do you use water conditioner?


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  4. OP
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    shusband

    shusband Well Known Member Member

    No water conditioner. I clean filter ~6 months haven't in 2-3. Change filter media once a month. Last changed 2-3 weeks ago. Added 3 new pearl gourami but don't think that is the cause. I switched food around the same time. Marine land shrimp wafers now.
     
  5. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    You're supposed to use water conditioner. Chlorine kills all of your beneficial bacteria. Also changing your media means your tank re cycles. You're possibly going through a bacterial bloom.


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  6. OP
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    shusband

    shusband Well Known Member Member

    I'm on well water. Not tap. No chlorine.
     
  7. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Oh okay, that makes sense. Do you completely change out all your media?


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  8. Ewest

    Ewest Valued Member Member

    A bacterial bloom can happen in established tanks. While not as often as in new tanks it still can after a filter cleaning, or after stirring up aquarium gravel or substrate resulting in an excessive release of organic materials into the water column.

    Did this happen right after a cleaning OP?
     
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  9. KarenLM

    KarenLM Well Known Member Member

    You should just swish your filter media in tank water in a bucket rather than replace it. You're losing BB by changing it every month.
     
  10. OP
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    shusband

    shusband Well Known Member Member

    I switch one of the two, since they have the carbon. I did just pull out a decorative plastic tree stump thing that seemed to have a good bit of waste in it, I vacuumed the bulk of it out. Any treatment for the cloudiness or just give it time?

    Happened a week or two after cleaning.
     
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  11. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    I think you may have resetted the cycle when you changed out cartridges. The bacteria went with the old cartridge.


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  12. OP
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    shusband

    shusband Well Known Member Member

    Just one of the filter cartridges isn't enough bacteria? My filter fits two. I thought that one would hold enough bacteria while the other is reseeded. How should I keep the carbon fresh to maintain the tannins from driftwood?
     
  13. Ewest

    Ewest Valued Member Member

    Tannis is not bad just makes the water brown. How long has the driftwood been in the tank?

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  14. OP
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    shusband

    shusband Well Known Member Member

    The current piece is new. I know tannins aren't harmful I just don't like them with black sand lol. 2 of my 4 tanks are highly tannic.

    Anyone know how I can clear my water or just give it time?
     
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  15. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    What kind of filter are you using? Maybe you can add either a biofoam or a water polishing pad.
     
  16. KarenLM

    KarenLM Well Known Member Member

    When I was using carbon, I just dumped it out of the filter cartridge, swished the cartridge in tank water and put fresh carbon in. I didn't change the entire cartridge.
     
  17. OP
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    shusband

    shusband Well Known Member Member

    I'm using a tetra HOB. All my other tanks run aqueon HOB.

    I'll try that next time. Just the carbon is cheaper.
     
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  18. Ewest

    Ewest Valued Member Member

    If the driftwood is small enough you can boil it until the tannis is removed. Just boil it for 5-10 minuets, dump out the water and repeat until the water no longer turns brown.
     
  19. OP
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    shusband

    shusband Well Known Member Member

    Did that. It doesn't remove all of it. I did boil this piece but don't want any tannins at all. Does anyone know how I can clear my water of the white cloudiness?
     
  20. KarenLM

    KarenLM Well Known Member Member

    White cloudiness may be a bacterial bloom - how long are your lights on each day? Around 8 is good.

    You could try turning the lights off entirely for a day and see if the cloudiness improves. Bacteria need the light.

    A friend of mine ended up doing a complete black-out for 3-4 days to clear bacterial bloom. Blanket over the tank, no light, no food.
     




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