Cloudy Tank not Clearing Up.
First of all, sorry if this is in the wrong section. I wasnít sure where to put it. I also appreciate the help because I am sure everyone is sick of cloudy water problems.
When I first setup my tank the water was cloudy, I figured it must just be the dirt settling. After a week it still looked just as bad, so I figured it must just be an algae bloom or the tank cycling. The tank cycled, the algae went away, many water changes were preformed, fish were added, the tank is still as cloudy as day one and it has been 3 months.
First off, water parameters:
Tank size: 40 gallon breeder (36x18x17)
pH: 6.9-7.1 (Milwaukee controller)
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
KH: 7 degrees
GH: 5 degrees
Temp: 78 degrees
Water Source: I buy the water from the same place I get the fish and plants. It is RO/DI water with some seachem equilibrium and alkaline buffer added.
Lighting: 2x 24Ē marineland plant LEDs
Filtration: Eheim Pro3e 2074 and Fluval 206
Plants: Dwarf grass, Red Ozelot sword, Anubis Wrinkle leaf, Anubis Nano, Ludwigia Palustris (both red and green kinds)
Fish: 4 rummy nose, 3 Harlequin Rasbora, 3 Guppies, 3 Galaxy Rasbora, 4 Cherry Barbs, 2 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Amano Shrimp, 3 Nerita Snail, 1 Flag Fish
Soil: ADA aqua soil
History: Fishless cycle for 6 weeks, with a 50% water change every week. I introduced the fish over the course of two weeks, from a different tank. The tank has been running for four weeks since then (12 weeks total). I had a bit of an alga bloom around week 4 or 5, but by the time I got the fish in the tank they quickly cleaned it up. There is still at little here and there, but nothing you would notice unless you were looking for it. My other tanks use the same water and are crystal clear and never had this problem.
Any ideas are greatly appreciated, because I am starting to worry this problem isnít going to go away on its own.