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bacterial bloom desperate!!!!!

hi!!!
a month ago i did a major rescape moving - adding substrate and plants.
Since then i had a bacterial bloom. Milky water, not very dense, but you can
tell that the water is cloudy.
i have tried everything. Stop feeding for three days, seachem clarity, stability, adding a uv sterilizer, many water changes, no water changes everything!!!
But is still there.
any help please?
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Is the UV sterilizer adequate for the aquarium?

I've had bacterial blooms from driftwood, even after boiling it for hours. Can that be it?

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its an aquael 3w uv sterilizer and its says in the box that it is adequate for my aquarium(90litres)
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What did you add to the sub ?
Typically, a bacteria bloom will last till it exhaust the food those bacteria are living off of.
In other words...no specific length of time.
But I'd bet on the fact that if you used dirt for adding to the sub or Osmocote+ beads in
whatever you used for adding to the sub, you might extend the life of it somewhat.
The life of the bacteria bloom that is...more food for it.
In any case it will eventually burn out.
Bet you changed all of your filter media at the same time when you did this ?
The entire inside of any tank is the bio-filter. Glass, top 1/4-1/2" of the gravel/sub.
harder surfaces of plants. When you changed everything you wiped out about 40%
of the bio-bacteria IF you didn't change the bio-media in the filter.
It's just going to take time to re-establish.

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i added only seachem flourite. and after 2 weeks, i bought a new filter, but i put all the bio-media from the old one to the new.
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Hmm, did you wash flourite well? This substrate contains a huge amount of very fine dust.
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This was my tank after putting in Fluorite(only enough for a cap over some fine gravel)
and NOT rinsing it.


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I had the same problem with my 75 gallon tank when it was new due to the fluorite. I used a Marineland 350 with a 10 micron filter and clarity for a month before it finally started to settle. Its all the silica that is the problem along with the bacterial bloom. Give it time, keep to the weekly 50% water changes, and it will finally subside.

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Plant heavily, fertilize well, stock lightly, change water weekly, and most importantly do not use too much light.

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