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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Water has suddenly gone cloudy

I've had my tank running now for 17 months with relatively few problems. I have never had cloudy water even when it was first set up, but all of a sudden my water has turned cloudy over the past week. Kind of a milky haze. I've checked the parameters, PH is normal, Nitrates, Ammonia, and Nitrites are all at 0. Have not changed the lighting. Feeding the same stuff, at the same time. Have not added or lost any fish. Plants seem to be healthy and growing. The fish don't seem to be bothered by this but it looks pretty bad. Any ideas what is causing this? I change 25% of the water every 2 weeks, which I did a week and a half ago. The filter is running normally, temp. of the water hasn't changed. I'm at a loss to figure this out, and don't know what to do with it.

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Sounds like some sort of bacterial bloom happened. Not sure why. If you say all the parameters check, then I wouldn't worry too much. I would do a good water change though immediately.

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are those your true water parameters? sounds like 0 nitrates is not possible in a tank when you do every 2 weeks a 25% water change.

probably a bacteria bloom, do a big water change (75%) and wait it out. (that's what I would do)


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This happens to my sisters tank when she feeds too much and not enough water changes. Do a few large water changes and wait it out.

25% over 2 weeks might not be enough. Double check your water parameters again, you should have a fair amount of nitrates built up

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I just finished a 2/3 water change. I also just thought of one thing that has changed - about 2 weeks ago I stopped adding Flourish Excell Carbon supplement because I ran out. I had been using it for about a year when I first added plants; then about 3 months ago I set up a DIY C02 reactor which works very well. When I ran out of the Excell Carbon supplement my intention was to not use it any more because of the C02 reactor. Could stopping the addition of that possibly have caused the issue? Also I notice that I have an overabundance of burrowing snails, - when vacuuming the gravel tonight there seems to be hundreds of them burrowed in the gravel. They are very small..... is there any way to get rid of these? I got a couple of these without realizing it last year with some plants I bought. Could the snails also be part of the problem? How do you get rid of them?

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did your sugar, yeast mixture get in your tank water by accident?

to get rid of snails is really hard but you can remove them slowly by dropping a leave of lettuce or cucumber or zucchini in your tank overnight and remove it the next day before you put the light on. keep repeating this until the population gets less.


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Once their in your tank, its near impossible to get rid. Best you can do is control them with assassin snails or Botia loaches

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Maybe the 2/3's water change was too big with a ton of snails eating all the organics and no nitrates. Also maybe every other week is too often and you could be removing to much benificial bacteria or not, when had you last cleaned your filters??? I got my first green water after 8 years of the tank being in operation, it started as milky water, I corrected by added 2 550 gpg circulation pumps, what size is your tank?? Botia's are good for removing snails, I got 3 Dwarf Chained Loaches to rid my tank of snails, they are in the Botia family.


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did your sugar, yeast mixture get in your tank water by accident?

to get rid of snails is really hard but you can remove them slowly by dropping a leave of lettuce or cucumber or zucchini in your tank overnight and remove it the next day before you put the light on. keep repeating this until the population gets less.
No, none of the yeast mix got in the tank.
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Once their in your tank, its near impossible to get rid. Best you can do is control them with assassin snails or Botia loaches
Won't more snails just add to the problem?
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So many snails make me think overfeeding, but I may be wrong. I have been able to control mts snails by cutting back on the feeding some. They seem to self regulate.
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Won't more snails just add to the problem?
Assassin snails can be removed from the tank easily compared to 10000x tiny ramshorn/pond snails everywhere. They look much better anyway that id always keep them in the tank.

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My sons 10 magically ate the snails that were there... small pest ones that made it from my tank, they died.. anyways previously i used botia striata, they stay small and have wonderful playing behavior. By this i mean they have a social class and beat the tar out of each other to set dominance. No fishies get hurt in the process

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Well, after several days the water has cleared up completely, after the 2/3 water change. Now I'll deal with the snails ... try some cucumbers first and manually remove them a few at a time and see how that works.
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