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Cloudy Water?

Would you guys agreed this is a new tank syndrome (cloudy water)?

Maybe I should add more bio-media in the filter. BTW, pic is showing the side of a 75g.
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How new is it? What do you have in terms of filtration? kind of looks green from the photo, maybe an algae bloom?

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How new is it? What do you have in terms of filtration? kind of looks green from the photo, maybe an algae bloom?
The fish tank itself if only 3 weeks old. However, the content of the fish tank is not. They were transferred from a 1.5 yrs old tank. I am using a SunSun canister and new bio-medias that came with the filter. 50% of the substrate as well as the Miracle Gro Organic Potting Soil are brand new.

I treated the tank with API Super Ick Cure for 5 days and the water does seem to be greener than before the ICK treatment.

I have a bag of activated carbon inside of the canister running and it had been running for 3 days now. The water still little cloudy and green.
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Water changes,time going by,maybe reduce lighting period/intensity. (plant's in photo don't need much light).
Does look like bacteria bloom to me.
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There are some white cotton or fungus like thing on the substrate. Could it be the result of a bacteria bloom?

Here is the pics of the white thing

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=528402
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If it is a bacteria bloom it could likely go on to be a green water algae bloom. You can read and try some suggestions but the fastest sure fire thing is a UV sterilizer, and then determine what was the cause.

I tried different methods for 3+ weeks, but not a blackout because I was too worried about my plants...which I think a plant die off (melting) was the cause to begin with (before I had started ferts). UV had it clear in a couple days, ran it a week and has stayed clear so far after.
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My SunSun canister filter comes with a 9W UV light installed. Would it be powerful enough to kill the bad stuff in my tank?

I guess I can turn it ON for a week to see if that helps.

I would hate to do a black out on the tank even though it seems there are just some low light plants in the pic, but there are some other plants in the tank which isn't doing well already. I guess they got stressed out from the move. I moved them twice to different tanks within 3 week.

Other plants include Blyxa Japonica, Marsilea Quadrifolia and Myriophyllum Mattogrossense. Some of them look like their stems were burned and having problem stay upright.
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The UV will be strong enough to remove floating algea and bacteria.
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Update of my tank

Today I did a 50% of wc and removed activated carbon. Water still cloudy, but it is improving. Hopefully it clears out soon.
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