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Cloudy tap water...

Will cloudy tap water along with ferts cause an algae bloom? Or is cloudy tap water, cloudy tap water..? nothing but unclear, nothing to worry about other than the looks?...
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-14-2007, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Another thing to add...

If I were to put a bit of carbon in my filter would this be ok? OR would it defuse out all my ferts??

Other than that, I'm a bit lost on what to do about my cloudy tap water...
Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions??
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I would think you would need to call your water company and ask them why the water is Cloudy I would be more worried about me than the ferts & possible algae bloom The things we go through for our tanks...I love this hobby


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Sometimes when the fire fighters flush the fire hydrants close to where I live it throws the tap water into cloudy mess. I guess the high pressure knocks up sediment, etc. I would be a little concerned about the water quality. It seems that almost everytime I have done something to my tank involving cloudy water an algae bloom insues in the following days.

Can you filter the water before you put it in your tank?
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You sure it's not just tiny air bubbles? I've had that before, back in Baltimore.
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It is most likely very tiny air bubbles.

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This is Defiantly not tiny air bubbles.
And I'm pretty sure that my cloudy tank has to do with cloudy tap water... what else could it be??

I have 0 Ammonia / Nitrite readings, I have a decent bio load, and apart of that bio load, I have a pair of blue rams, they are doing well and have spawned, then isn't this a good indication that the water is fine??....

Other than that, I don't really know what else could be causing cloudy water...
On my other tanks after I do a WC, they are cloudy, but I just figure that they clear up because I have carbon in the filters... Thats why I was wondering if it would be ok to have carbon in the filter of a planted tank, or if it would defuse out all the ferts or whatever...

Also, I know that this cloudiness isn't due to a bloom that is about to come or anything, because my tank has been cloudy for more than a month. I'm just to the point where I'm about to invest even more $$ into my tank (Pressurized CO2, new filter, ect.) So I'd really like to figure out what exactly is making this tank cloudy, and stay cloudy???....

Hence me coming to a conclusion that I have cloudy tap water.....
What else could it be?? I'm desperate to find out, I'm starting to get a bit frusterated... so any thoughts on any of this is greatly apprechiated.....
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Take a very clear glass or something that is very clear and fill it with water. Let it sit, and see if the water clears eventually.

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bump....

Another thing to add...

If I were to put a bit of carbon in my filter would this be ok?
Please do not place cabon inside your filter, it's a no no, instead place bio rio + NA bamboo charcoal and dose it with green bacter both your filter & aquarium and wait for the results, please be patient.
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