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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-12-2014, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on sandy looking water

So I've had water clarity issues since I set up my tank. I recently learned about my water softener so I've been slowly taking the softened water out of the tank. I was told that I was doing too many water changes and caused a mini cycle. To not do any water changes for at least 2 weeks. I have two filters aquaclear 70 and 50. I have ammonia chips in the 70 and all of sudden my water looks "sandy" near the top of the tank. Like something is pushing it out of the filter. Is that possible? All the water parameters are fine, any advice? Click image for larger version

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Before anyone asks that's not dirty glass in the first picture, its what the water looks like up close. Its the strangest thing...
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What are the current water parameters?

Can you add some polyester floss to at least one of the filters?

Altering the pH and mineral levels is one thing that leads to cloudy water, but I am not sure what the 'bits' are, drifting in the water.

I would wean the tank off the ammonia removing material. Let the plants do the nitrogen control.
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Smile If Clean Filters Then No Worries

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Make sure you have checked your external filters and they are reasonably clean, they should not be spewing junk, if they are they need to be cleaned (but not over cleaned).

Assuming the filters look fine and nothing smells bad, then most likely a bacterial bloom, do not worry about it, the micro-critters are just working to colonize your tank and/or filters.

Assuming your tank has been cycled for a while there probably was some disturbance, or someone tossed a handful of sugar (or a couple of hard candies). A trick some old guys use to care for fry is to add some sugar around anticipated hatch time.

Assuming your tank was well cycled it is highly unlikely water changes caused any problems, frankly water changes are the solution, not the problem. With two canister filters especially.

A water softener will add a little Sodium or Potassium (depending on what you use to backwash) and obviously reduce general hardness (GH), but should not be a significant problem.

I agree with Diana, I would not use Ammonia chips, you have filters, add plants if anything.
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This looks like a bacteria bloom to me.

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