Im hoping someone can give me some advise on what I should do about what appears to be a bacterial bloom ive had for nearly 2 months in my planted tank.
It first started when I set up my tank with bio from my cycled tank and cycled for about 2 weeks without fish but blasted it with Co2 to give the plants a boost. When I added the fish they were all gasping for air as my CO2 levels were obviosly too high, so I turned off the CO2 and put a airstone in the tank. The next day the tank was cloudy and has been ever since. I also had a lot of plants start to melt which would have contributed to the bloom. I removed the fish for a few weeks to let the tank continue to cycle and try to starve the bacteria but it didnt seem to help so added them back. Theyve now been in the tank for over a month.
I have trimmed off all dead leaves and made several 50% water changes vacumming the gravel, however the tank has only cleared about 50% as in the pic below but still cloudy enough that you cant see the back of the tank. However the plants are finally starting to kick off now and there growth seems to be picking up.
Do I do further water changes, add liquid bacteria or Purigen or just continue to wait and let it settle?
TANK: 45gal Bow fronted
LIGHTING: 2 x 24watt T5HO (8hrs)+ 2 x 24watt T5HO (6hrs)
CO2: Injection 5 bubbles/sec
FILTER: Fluval 305
35 Rasbora espei
3 Rumminose Tetra's
5 Cherry Shrimp
5 CRS (Had more but found 3-4 dead over the last few weeks)
4 Pearl Lace Gouramis (Added last week)
Any help would be most appreciated