Cloudy Water

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

  1. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    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. EwestValued MemberMember

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

  3. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    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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    Last edited: Jul 22, 2015
  4. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    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. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    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. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    I'm on well water. Not tap. No chlorine.
  7. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

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

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  8. EwestValued MemberMember

    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. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    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. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    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. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    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. EwestValued MemberMember

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

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  14. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    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. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

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

    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. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    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. EwestValued MemberMember

    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. shusbandWell Known MemberMember

    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. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    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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