What is wrong with my water/setup? Some Nute Help?
I have had my planted tank up and running for a little under a week now. Everything seems to be ok except for I have very cloudy water even after a %50 water change...thinking it is the start of something bad in the tank..but not sure...it looks like a milky cloud basically throughout the tank. I added some water clear/conditoner but it did nothing to clear the fog. I have also been using a product from my LFS called "Stability" basically it says it is a bacterial growth aid for new aquariums that you add to the water once a day for 7 days to help encourage and establish intial good bacteria formation.
I have done some research on cloudy water and have gotten a few different perspectives on what it is and how to cure it but none that are specific. Most say it is an algae bloom, or the first sings of GW and to fix it I should try to balance out my nutes (micro & macro..I am only using micro now with added iron I believe) or UV filter or diatom filter. I would like learn the natural balance of my tank without having to introduce a diatom filter or uv filter.. So what i would like to know is what other nutes are needed on top of my regular micronutes. I know macronutes are needed but which ones? are the liquid or solid forms better? I know there are over the counter products that provide these nutirents as well such as ( stump remover, enema fluid etc..) what are they. Basically any help on getting my nutes balanced out with the right amount of micro/macro and getting rid of this terrible cloudy water, ts not fun to watch your fish swim around in a cloud. below are my current readings and setup.
( I have been checking the PH for the past few days religiously to measure the drop of PH caused by the additon of the Co2--it dropped from 7.0 to about 6.6 within the first 2 days of adding Co2...have since added 1/8 tsp of baking soda(supposed to help level out PH due to KH levels???)and also some PH up. The PH has slowly risen and looks to be at just about 6.8 or a little over as of today.
below are my current readings and setup
29 Gallon Glass
Marineland dual output Penguin 350, 300 GPH, bio-wheel
80 watts Floro tubes, 3 daylight and 1 Phillips "warm" color tube
DIY 1 Gallon jello jug Co2 Reactor and diffuser...around 85-90bpm
100 watt heater
4 White Cloud Danios
4 Ruby Barbs
2 African Dwarf frogs
2 Dwarf Gourami
2 mystery snails
As of this morning
Temp = 78-80f
KH/GH test kit on its way....WHAT OTHER WATER TEST KITS WILL I NEED AS WELL?
Thanks for your help in advance.