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I constantly have clouds of waste particles suspended in my tank. What can I do about this? I have cleaned the tank throughly, 50% water changes, etc... Someone please help???????
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can you add shrimp? what fish are in there right now?

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angels, loaches,paradise, neons,kribs

My substrate is very fine, does that hurt?
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Did you say Angels and Neons ? Putting those two together is not a good idea. First the neons are fast moving fish which stresses angelfish.
Second angelfish (if hungry) can and WILL eat a neon! Not to mention the kribs can eat the neons. How do you think that stresses the neons?
How big is your tank? I would think you would need at least a 75-90 gallon tank to pull that combo off with any chance breeding anything. Without war that is. If you have the angels and kribs mate at the same time...WAR
How many plants do you have? You could add more...moss helps
What kind of filter are you using? Do you change the floss? Have you tried washing the filter when you change the floss?
When you do water changes are you stiring up the tank bottom?
I would not add shrimp in that tank right now.
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You need to tell us what kind of filter you are using.

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Thank you. My tank is a 135g with two fluval 404's. I have several swords from small too large and a water sprite. I have had NO trouble with the fish. I'm begining to hate my investment because it keeps a cloud of waste. I've gravel vacumed, did 50% changes, left it alone, flossed heavily, done everything I know to do. The only thing I just thought of is that since I know they are eating on my live plants all of time is to not feed them that once a morning meal. Does anybody have any suggestions????????????
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Maybe if you redirect the flow of the filters' output. Just fiddle with it until you don't see the detritus.

You could also see if you can beg/borrow/steal a diatom filter. You can't beat a diatom filter for achieving water clarity.

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that the waste is suspended in the water is sort of a good thing. it will eventually make it to a filter intake.

you have a fine substrate you said. looks pretty, but one problem with it is that all the fish waste doesn't settle into any cracks and "disappear"...it just sits there looking ugly. it's also sitting there and any little "breeze" from the filters and powerheads or a passing fish will kick it up again.

only real solution is to suck it out yourself.
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filter floss and a uv lamp made a major difference in my tank. Although white clouds almost sound like a bacterial bloom. You haven't been missing any fish lately? It can happen if a fish died and is lost somewhere in the tank.

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that the waste is suspended in the water is sort of a good thing. it will eventually make it to a filter intake.

you have a fine substrate you said. looks pretty, but one problem with it is that all the fish waste doesn't settle into any cracks and "disappear"...it just sits there looking ugly. it's also sitting there and any little "breeze" from the filters and powerheads or a passing fish will kick it up again.

only real solution is to suck it out yourself.
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filter floss and a uv lamp made a major difference in my tank. Although white clouds almost sound like a bacterial bloom. You haven't been missing any fish lately? It can happen if a fish died and is lost somewhere in the tank.

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Holy thread resurrection, Batman!
You got that right!!! I didn't notice that!!

Whoops

hahahahahaha

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You got that right!!! I didn't notice that!!

Whoops

hahahahahaha
I remember replying to a five year old post once on a forum. The senior members never let me forget it either.
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I remember replying to a five year old post once on a forum. The senior members never let me forget it either.
Thats funny. I didnt think to check that because it was on the second page.

Oh well....

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Might be due to wood.
Some tanks have a lot of funk for awhile till the wood settles or they have excess mulm.

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