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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-21-2006, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Cloudy Nano

I started a 2.5 gallon Nano about a month ago. (pics coming tomorrow)

Flourite
Drift wood
Tiny Filter
Small Light
No Heater

Generic Betta Bulbs
Java fern
Glasso
and some Riccia floating on top (for now)

4 amano shrimp
a few live blood worms (to creep out my coworkers)

Problem:
After multiple water changes and filter cleanings and daily doses of some water clearing product, I still cant get it to NOT be cloudy!
Not a green cloudy either...

Any suggestions?


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-21-2006, 01:24 PM
 
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Did you soak the driftwood before adding it to the tank?
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I have the same problem in my 5.5 gal. the tank clouds up pretty bad after a couple days post water change. I think it is partly green water, but mostly the driftwood. I boiled mine before I put it in but it still clouds the water.

Its going on three weeks now and it is getting a little better.

All I can say is thank god it is easy to do a water change on a nano.

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i'd say its the flourite, if you dont wash it, it can stay cloudy for a LONG time, especially if the tank/filter is small
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Thanks for the replies...

The flourite was washed.

When I first set up the tank it had the symtoms of a new tank (cloudy water due to drift wood and flourite... )
It soon cleared up though.

Since I have added light and plants and worms it has since clouded up.
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What color is the water? Is it like a tea color? If it is, the driftwood would be to blame. Driftwood should be soaked in water for up to 3 weeks, changing the water it is being soaked in ever couple days.

When you clean the filter, are you doing a major cleaning? Your tank can get cloudy during the cycling process due to the bacteria bloom. If you do a major cleaning of the filter, you kill all the bacteria and have to start the cycle process almost from the beginning.
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Sounds like it may still be GW (greenwater) even though it doesn't appear to have a green tint. I've had my tank be cloudy, could SWEAR it wasn't greenwater, yet after running the diatom filter the filter bag would take on an unmistakeable green tint.

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I would just leave it alone. Do your water changes and that's about it. Driftwood takes some time to cure and that could be the problem. I had the same issue with my 10G tank. I stuck some driftwood in there and *Boom*, it clouded up for days. I would do 45 - 50% water changes 2x a week and nada. But it eventually cured and that's it. Crystal clear water.
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Wow thanks for the detailed instructions!
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