Cloudy Water


I added my weekly dosage of Stress Zyme and Easy Balance to my 20 gallon this morning, and noticed the water is cloudy, and has been for hours. Is it a bacteria bloom since I added some and then put the bacteria fertilizer in it?


HI Eskielvr. Is the Easy Balance one of those pH adjusters? I have one that never seemed to do anything so I shelved it. Mine was a white powder that did cause some initial cloudyness but the filter cleaned it up in an hour or two. I suppose it might be a bacterial bloom, but have you checked your filter to be sure it's working well? Temperature OK - some bacteria really take off if it gets really warm.

Edit: I just read another post about the Easy Balance - a dechlor, water treatment thing, so forget my question on that. Maybe it's back to checking the filter, or doing a partial water change if it is a bloom.


Well, when did you start to cycle this tank? How large is it? Any fish in it? Did you measure your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels?
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The Easy Balance isn't a water conditioner. It's "supposed" to make it so you don't have to do water changes for 6 months if you add it weekly, but I wouldn't go by that recommendation. It supposedly has nutrients and other stuff for the beneficial bacteria.

My tank is 20 gallons, it's had water in it for about 7 or 8 years, but I let the filter dry out and didn't start it up again until about 2 or 3 months ago (but there's still beneficial bacteria living in the gravel), and has a total of 8 fish and 1 shrimp. I'm getting ready to do some water tests in a little bit but they shouldn't have changed since my last couple of posts. Again the cloudiness didn't start until I added the Stress Zyme in conjunction with the Easy Balance.

Water perimeters:
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate- 20ppm
Ph- 7.6

However, the lot numbers for all the tests except for Nitrate says '02, so I'm wondering if maybe they're expired? I have Acid and Alkaline Buffer, but don't know if those go bad too or not. I don't really understand how to use them together. How would I use them to safely lower the Ph? Then again, if I start lowering it I may have to battle with it all the time since I can never seem to keep it under 7.0

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