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Water clarity

Hi everyone I currently have a 36 gallon bow front that I’m having a little water clarity issue with. It basically just looks like there’s dust in the water. I’ve tried to get a good picture but it’s very hard to tell in the pictures. I don’t think it’s a bacterial bloom as the tank has been set up for months. I have two filters on the tank, a fluval 206 and fluval aquaclear 50. I have filter floss loaded into both of them, but have no carbon or chemipure or anything like that. If I add something like that would I see a difference do you think? Any help and advice is appreciated 🙂
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Well ...without knowing what we're dealing with, below is a list of things to try. Before I put the laundry list down, I will always recommend that a long-term hobbyist invest in a level 1 UV sterilizer. It offers many benefits, including helping to clarify water.

Chemical media:
- Purigen: it's magical in this area.
- Try some activated carbon. It's not for long-term use and will have virtually no benefit after about a week, but it's cheap and will help with certain haze issues. If you get Purigen, the AC may not be necessary.

Mechanical media:
- Coralife (coralifeproducts.com) - Pure-Flo 50 micron filter pads (placed in the filter). It will trap anything and, as a result, will clog quickly, but it is great at quickly polishing water.

Usually, in a healthy planted tank, clarity settles in after a few weeks and then it's nearly impossible to not have perfectly clear water.
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