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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2013, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Cloudy water

Was just curious if the cause of my cloudy water is my actual water source. The tank has been up and running two months. The cycle completed in a few weeks as i used media from an established tank. I have been doing water changes for the last month two times a week due to tannin release from the wood. The tank is not planted yet and has two small parrots in it that came with when it was given to me.

Freshwater is somewhat new to me. I have a basic API test kit and all parameters i can test are good. Ordered some additional test kits for KH and phosphate. The water is from a well not a municipal system. I know it is high in iron. Over the years of saltwater I have never experienced this sorta cloudy water and the only difference is the water.

I have a 5 stage RO/DI system but really didn't want to have to use it for this tank.

If it makes any difference I have not setup a salt tank since moving to this place. It really bugs me that its not crystal clear.
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Ir could be the iron causing the problem.

What color is the cloudiness?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2013, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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The cloudiness is more hazy more white in color. Imagine looking across the Grand Canyon on a hazy day. Yesterday i did roughly a 75% water change and same look. The water never clears up and never gets any worse other that the yellow tannin release that takes about 4-5 days to become noticeable.
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It could be something precipitated out of the water. I don't really know the chemistry of that.
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I usually think bacterial bloom when its white. What is your filter, and in how big of a tank? Are the parrots small for the tank itself, or in general?

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-16-2013, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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The tank is a 26g bow front. The parrots are about 3" in length. They will be traded in once the rest of the tank gear gets here to switch it over to plants. If its bacterial bloom it is taking for ever plus all test come back good. Its not impossible.
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