Fixing Cloudy Water

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Hey everyone I apologize if this topic has been covered countless times but I cannot seem to find it here. I have a 55 gallon tank, that has been cycled, and I have platies, mollies, 2 Cory cats and a pleco. I am having a problem with cloudy water and nitrate levels. After 2 %25 water changes I still have a nitrate level about 30ppm and very cloudy water. My next step is setting up a canister filter along with my HOB filter with a nitrate reducing filter substrate to help. I have decreased feedings, vaccumed gravel 2x changed filter. I don’t know how to get this nitrate bloom under control. Any advice?? Ideas? Reprimands? Someone tell me what to do
 

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Welcome! Few questions

How old is the tank?
Tap water source test?
How many total fish?
Changed filter? Please explain what you mean by this?
 
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NavyChief20 said:
what was your indicator its cycled?
I watched the ammonia levels spike then drop followed by nitrite spike and drop and I finally had a negative ammonia and nitrite level followed by a presence and increase of nitrate.

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Welcome! Few questions

How old is the tank?
Tap water source test?
How many total fish?
Changed filter? Please explain what you mean by this?
I have had the tank set up for about 3 months, 1 1/2 months with fish. (Fish less cycle). Tap water test is negative except for a little hardness of water. Total fish 16 plus 4 black mollie fry. And I just changed the disposable filter pads in my Aqueon 70. I did rinse prior to installation. Also on a side note the white haze is turning an ugly shade of green. I kinda expected it given the high nitrate levels.
 

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Disposable pads? Do you mean carbon pads? I hope you dont mean the sponge because that could be an issue.

Can you take a picture of the entire tank if possible?
 

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i really hope you mean the carbon garbage and not the sponge. If you threw out the sponge i know what the problem is.
 
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musserump09 said:
Do you have any live plants?
4. 2 swords, a Java fern, and a random one I can’t remember the name of, they were looking pretty sickly for a while but have been much much better in the past couple weeks.

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4. 2 swords, a Java fern, and a random one I can’t remember the name of, they were looking pretty sickly for a while but have been much much better in the past couple weeks.
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Your plants have some nitrates to feed off of. They are how ever lacking nutrients as shown in pictures.

I would do a 50% water change. This will get the water cloudiness to go down plus the nitrates. Having a heaving bio load tank and not enough filtration will cause this to happen in my opinion and experience. As your tank ages over time it will go away.
 
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Alright. Thanks for the advice. I did take it. Also, one of my Cory cats is dying. He’s unable to keep himself down..any thoughts?
 
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