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Can't get tank to clear up - Cloduy

Hi,

I have been fighting a cloudy tank for about a month or longer. Tried doing 50% water changes a few times, changed/cleaned filter, etc. I don't know what else to try to do. I have ~ 50 Neon tetras, and 3 small clown loaches to fight snail problem, plus about 10 nerite snails, and a lot of pest snails. There are also about 5 amano shrimp.

I did a PH, Nitrate, and Phosphate tests:
PH: High, about 7.6
Phosphates: ~ 0.5
Nitrates: between 5-10

So the only thing that seems off there is the PH level. Could this be my problem?

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55 gallon freshwater
Finnex Ray2 Aquarium LED Daylight, 48-Inch
Penn Plax Cascade 700 GPH Canister Filter
CO2
Light/co2 on 7 hours/day
Have two powerheads

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Matt
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Looks like Green Water Algae to me. I would try doing daily, huge water changes (like 75%+) for a week to see if it helps. If that doesn't work, you can try attaching a UV filter

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Thanks for the reply, I will start today with large water changes for a week.

Would fertilizing the plants help, or just feed the algae?
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Green water is common in new setups. Lots of water changes, reduced lighting, UV filter, and blackout are the only ways I've heard of getting rid of it besides just waiting it out.

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It's not a new setup, I'm not sure what was done to cause it. Maybe my roommate overfeeding when I was out of town is one thing. I also did some aquascaping a month ago, moving and replanting some plants, pulling dead leaves, cutting overgrowth, etc.
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It's not a new setup, I'm not sure what was done to cause it. Maybe my roommate overfeeding when I was out of town is one thing. I also did some aquascaping a month ago, moving and replanting some plants, pulling dead leaves, cutting overgrowth, etc.
I'm sorry, I misread. I thought you said the tank had been up for a month or so.

I would start with heavy frequent water changes. Just make sure you match the tank water temp, ph, and hardness with the changes. When you're doing them frequently, it can stress the fish.

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Oh, no worries! Thanks for the advice. I definitely make sure to match temps and water parameters. Speaking of temps, I recently found out my heater died (since been replaced), but not sure if fluctuating temps could cause the algae too. Just thinking out loud of things that have changed/fluctuated since this issue started to appear.
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Really? a month?
Does the tank get direct sunlight?
I've never seen greenwater not subside on its own even when you just ignore it.
Maybe try fertilizing more?


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An excess of nutrients in the water and too much light....so as suggested, water changes and reduce your photo period - maybe even go dark for a few days. You could benefit from a UV sterilizer, but these are often not needed long term.

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No direct sunlight. I'll continue to do water changes and monitor the situation and see if it improves.
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A diatomatious earth (DE) filter would clean up that water in a day. Search Diatom XL filter.
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