Help With Cloudiness/Algae
Hey everyone, I’ve been lurking for a while but just recently signed up. I have a low tech, planted 36g Bowfront with a Finnex 24/7 planted cc light on it that’s been established for about 6 months. All was going well until I went on vacation for two weeks. I had my family watching the tank and the water got low, so I had them add water (with dechlorinator) to it. When I got home, my tank water was very hazy looking (not milky white). I’ve had my water tested and the parameters all appear normal. The fish in the tank are also doing fine for the most part.
Some info about the tank:
Water parameters all look relatively normal (no nitrates/amonia issue)
The water is soft/slightly acidic
Stocking is low currently, only have a pearl gourami, 6 harlequin rasboras, 2 guppies and 2 black nerite racing snails.
I try to ensure I don’t overfeed the fish, and that my family watching the tank didn’t either (showed them how to feed/how often).
It’s filtered by an Aquaclear 70 running the aquaclear filter media (rings/carbon/sponge) and a penguin wheel 150 with filter floss.
I dose thrive 3x a week (M/W/F) and also use API CO2 Booster daily. I don’t currently run injected co2
The issue: My water is constantly cloudy and unsightly. It’s been this way for about a month now. My family said it happened when they dumped the new water in the tank during the top off while I was gone. Additionally, there appears to be a mix of algae growing on my plants and glass. The snails have been pretty good about cleaning the tank, but it seems like they’re a bandaid fix for now. They aren’t solving the issue.
What I’ve done to try and fix it:
Typically I do 10% water changes weekly. For the last 2 weeks I’ve upped that to 20-30% every 3-4 days.
I’ve adjusted the lighting from the settings I used to have it at (max brightness for 7-8 hours a day, with a dimming period for about 3 hours) to run on the 24/7 setting the tank comes with. Since doing this I’ve noticed new plant growth which is nice, but I’m still having issues with algae.
I changed the filter material (carbon/pellets from aquaclear) two days ago.
Hopefully that is enough info to potentially diagnose the problem. I’ve attached some pictures to show the tank water/algae growth. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!