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Cloudy water syndrome

I have cloudy water for the last two weeks. I think it is more white then green I believe. I added a product that suppose to be an enzyme to combat the cloudy water. I don't think it is working. I repeating the treatment. I'm waiting for my UV sterilizer and I hope this will help with the problem.

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Put some tank water in a white plastic bowl or bucket. It there is a green tint then it's green water algae. If there is no green tint then it's a bacterial bloom. Either way you need to treat the problem and not the symptom.
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Do you use sand? If you do, then it could be stirred up by a lot of water movement, i.e. powerhead near the bottom. That's just another thought.

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I believe it is a bacteria bloom. If so how do I fix the source of the problem? What am I looking for? Water parameters seem normal. I noticed there is a lot of black hairy algae hanging on to plant leaves, glass, rocks, etc. Is this due to bacteria? What steps do I take for this? I have fish that eat algae, but this stuff they don't touch. Your thoughts.

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Bacteria do not create, cause, or contribute to most algae. BGA being the exception.

A two week long bacterial bloom would indicate that the tank is not cycled.
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A UV light filter will do the trick.
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Bacteria do not create, cause, or contribute to most algae. BGA being the exception.

A two week long bacterial bloom would indicate that the tank is not cycled.
Your right since my nitrate shows 0. I wonder why? The tank has fish since January. What could be causing that? The fish seem alright no signs of distress. Ammonia and nitrite are 0 as well.

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A UV light filter will do the trick.
Waiting for the UV should be getting it soon.

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