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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-07-2004, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Slight cloudiness in new planted tank

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I just re-setup my 29 gallon aquarium with plants. Ever since I started it, it has never cleared up. I have a fluval 204 and penguin HOB filter running on it so I don't think it could be a filtration problem. I have a flourite substrate and have all of the correct levels of fertilizers. All of the fish are happy and very active and I have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite. Why is it still cloudy? It's not really bad but just enought to take away from the tank apperance. Any help or suggestions would be great.

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Take a clean white plastic bucket or bowl and put some tank water in it. Does it have a slight green tint? Then it's green water. If there is no green tint is the cloudiness white? Then it's most likely a bacterial bloom and will disappear on it's own. How well did you wash the Flourite? If you disturb the substrate does it raise a cloud? Have you tried putting some floss in the Fluval or a fine filtration pad?
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Thanks for the reply Rex Grigg. It's definatly white cloudy so I think it's definatly not algae. I also doubt it is a bacterial bloom because it was there from the VERY beginning before bacteria would have been able to reproduce enough. As for the flourite, I rinsed it a bunch but the more I think about it, the more I think the flourite to be the problem. The only mechanical filter I have in the fluval is the stuff that it came with which is not ver fine at all. I think I'll put in some finer mechanical media and then I'll tell you whats happening. Thanks for the reply and any more advice or idas to eliminate it would be great.

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If it's white it's normally bacterial. Flourite would be more of a dust color.
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Yeah I sed what you are saying but it's kinda hard to tell the color. It's not green so I know its not algae. I guess it could be white but more likly its dust colored cause the water is kinda brownish. I put in the finer filter but nothing has changed. I'll tell you if it does.

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Buckle up, it could go green. Sometimes that white haze of the bacterial is just the beginning.
Then sometimes it just goes away after a little time. Weird stuff.
If you can get your hands on a diatom filter it will wipe it right out before anything can develop. Some LFS's have them on hand and if you are in good with them they might let ya borrow or rent it.
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