Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: St. Croix Falls, WI
algae problem or bacteria bloom?
I need help with a 55 gallon that I started setting up the 1st week of November 2009 I used SAS Shultz Aqua Soil and Laterite with a PFS sand cap. I did have an ammonia spike the 1st week in December since then NO2 has been 0-0.50mg/l and the ammonia has been at 0-0.50mg/l, Ph at 7.2 using a Tetra/Laborett test kit.
The problem is the tank is cloudy during the day but clears up over night after I shut the lights off. Is this an algae problem or bacteria bloom? This started on the 25th before the 25th the tank was crystal clear. I have done one water change on Saturday 50%. The only things added to the tank were 2 new filters an Eheim 2215 on the 24th and an Eheim 2217 on the 14th. I have left two other HOT filters in service from the start on the tank. I have never had a tank crystal clear in the morning and turn cloudy by late afternoon than repeat this for several days in a row.
I did leave a cup of water out last night and it looks clear today. but the tank is clouding up again.
Water changes 10-20% per week
Lighting: 260 watts PC using 130 watts for 8 hours.
CO2: DIY until funds for a pressurized
Frets: Seachmen Floursih and Excel until it runs out than going to dry dosing?? Still confused on the brand to use
Plants: Java moss, Marsilea minuta. Need to get some more once funds are available or trasfer some from my 29 gallon.
Fish: None still waiting budget
Filters: Emperor 400, HOT Magnum (using the Micron Cartridge), Eheim 2215, and Eheim 2217
Thanks for your help.