Cloudy planted tank
I have had a 55 gallon planted tank since September last year. Like with all my tanks, I dirted it with soil with sand on top. I’ve been doing that for years. A month ago, somehow a bunch of soil leached through the sand and I couldn’t get it clean so I tore apart the tank. It was really bad. I stuck my fish temporarily into my 20g sick tank and began rebuilding. I got ADA Amazonia aquarium soil. This would be my very first time using soil actually made for planted tanks. I kept most of my old plants, composted some and bought some knew ones. I had an old piece of drift wood I wanted to utilize and basically started from scratch. I also went and bought a new canister filter since I was using an old aqua clear HOB filter, which I think I broke in this process. So I got an Eheim classic 350. I took the old bio balls from the aqua clear and the small sponge and surrrounded the new bio media around them. I got it dirted, planted, water filled and the tank running. Added in seachem flourish, seachem carbon, iron and of course conditioner. In the tank I have a corse sponge, two poly pads, bio balls and bio rings, including the old media mentioned. I have added all the fish because let’s face it, the 20 gallon they were in was way too small for my fish. Figuring I had the old wood, old media and some of the old plants (which were kept in a cycled 38g I have), I figured I had enough good bacteria to avoid the cloudy bacterial bloom. Since then, I have tested the water, 0.2 ammonia, 0-0.25 nitrates, 10-20 nitrates. 7.0 pH which is lower then my 8.2 tap water. I kind of expected these readings, and this test was done on Sunday. I technically didn’t let it cycle so it no surprise, but I keeping a close eye and the fish seem lively and healthy. I used the API water testing kit. At first I was doing 30% water changes twice a week but for the last two weeks I’ve been doing 30% changes once a week. The cloudiness hasn’t really changed, after a water change it clears a bit but the next day it’s back to its milky self. I’ve never actually experienced a bacterial bloom if that’s what this is. I don’t know if it’s the soil...? How long will this last and is it safe for my fish? Should I go back to doing two water changes a week?