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White/Milky/Cloudy water

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My tank recently started to get this cloudy/milky look to the water no matter how many times i do a WC or what not. The tank is about 7 months old now or so i figured the cycle would be over lol. I have abunch of plants and they are all doing well along with my faunas

Was wondering if theres anything i can do
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Sounds like a bacterial bloom to me. Have you changed your filter media or dramatically increased your bioload lately? What size tank and what are you using for filtration?
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29g and a aquaclear 50 is my filtration, i havent changed any of the media but its been like this for 2 weeks ish but i guess aslong as its not harming my fish its fine
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Re: White/Milky/Cloudy water

Bacterial bloom is a red flag that something went wrong. Do check your water for ammonia and NO2, as the bloom is likely to happen because your beneficial bacteria is suffering. And THAT can seriously affect your fish.

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my amonia and no2 is 0 last time i checked
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my amonia and no2 is 0 last time i checked
When did you check it?
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couple days ago, ill check it again tomorrow when i get another kit since im out but i feel like its due to too much lighting/co2 the last time i did a blackout for a day it decreased the cloudy ness

was considering a 2nd hob also just since i have alot of plants etc

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What test kit are you using?
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How much light is on the tank?

A white-cloudiness makes me think its a bacterial bloom. I wouldn't think it was an algae bloom unless it was more yellow/green.

Water tests ok and fish are fine, though?
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ill test it tomorrow since im out, i need to buy a new kit, fish are fine been active and still are. i have 2 LED lights since i have alot of plants and i do use pressurized CO2
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My one big GWA outbreak started as white water.
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guess it seems it could be a GW outbreak, i should get a diatom filter at my lfs

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In my case, it wasn't the onset of Green Water algae, it was evidence of a ton of decomposing bacteria blooming to eat excess organic waste that recently got introduced into my tank. I got rid of my nonstop pooping giant platy, switched to a feeding dish that i removed after a few minutes, plucked out any dead plant waste hanging out in the tank, and bingo - it cleared up.

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The white milky tint to the water is usually caused by a decomposing bacteria bloom. It's sometimes called new tank syndrome. It isn't caused by cycling the tank, it's caused by an imbalance between the waste load and the decomposing bacteria. When you start out with a new tank and fresh water, there isn't any organic waste or decomposing bacteria in your water system as yet. With all your inhabitants they begin to dump alot of organic waste into the water system. That's when the decomposing bacteria move in. Because the decomposing bacteria can multiply to great numbers in a very short time(2-sextrillion in a 24 hr period...Timothy A. Hovanec, Ph.D.) the decomposing bacteria turn the water a milky white.This won't harm the inhabitants. When the bacteria consume the excess organic waste, they begin to die off and the water begin to clear up. This might take several days depending on the waste load. So the actual white tint in the water is the massive amount of decomposing bacteria. This can happen anytime you do a very large water change (85-100%) and throw the decomposing bacteria/ waste load out of balance.
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