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What would cause my water to get really cloudy. I know that the food I feed they eat everything so I know that there is no food on the bottom. The only thing that I did was dunk the media from the 2 AC 50's about 3 times each to rinse off the brown algae in old tank water.

I noticed that 1 AC 30 had quite a bit of clear slime in it and the other filters are ok. What would the clear slime be?

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normally cloudy water is a sign of ammonia.. have you tested the water params lately? the other suggestion i have and speaking from experience is green water begining to form.. do you think it may be from this? if so, what i did to get my water crystal clear again is purchase a UV sterilizer. works a treat :)

as for the slime, i haven't encountered this one before, so i have no suggestion to offer.

best of luck

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I check my ammonia every day with API drops and 0, I just checked PH and 7.6. My water does not look green. Nitrite was 0

Is there any possible way that maybe my fish do not produce enough ammonia between the 4/ When I touch something in the tank I kill th bb's. My fish are all under 2.5 inches

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I think that it is a bloom also. Why would I go through a bloom again. I don't do anything to cause the bloom. I noticed that my Nitrates are disappearing again. I always thought that water changes go according to the nitrates.

I have been read different posts here on the forum about nitrates and cloudy water. I am wondering about the size of my fish and the size of my tank and I use 3 AC's 2 50's and 1 30 and maybe I am not building enough BB's. Maybe my fish do not poop enough?

I feed them 2 times a day what they can eat in 5 to 7 mins.

It puzzles me because I go through a lot of blooms. I can't touch anything in my tank or it will cause a bloom.

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I check my ammonia every day with API drops and 0, I just checked PH and 7.6. My water does not look green. Nitrite was 0

Is there any possible way that maybe my fish do not produce enough ammonia between the 4/ When I touch something in the tank I kill th bb's. My fish are all under 2.5 inches

my tank water looked cloudy before it turned green... it took about a week to transform. but this is just a possibility i thought i'd share.

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Mike,

Here's a good article on cloudy water...take a look and see if anything here may help.

Cloudy Water-About.com

Mike...second thing is feeding your fish for a duration of 5-7 min? They should be fed only enough that they can consume in 1-2 min maximum. Just wanted to clarify that as feeding them for 5-7 min could attribute to cloudy water. Hope that helps.

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Could feeding even though no food is left in the tank. I feed my fish individually so I make sure that they eat everything. My four fish do not poop much at least the bottom of the tank is usually fairly clean.

I can try the 1 to 2 min but thats not much food. I usually feed them and wait till they finish whats in their mouths before I give them more.

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Well if there's no leftover food on the bottom you can rule that out. I had a bacterial bloom in my tank about a month ago but it had to do with a media change that I did. I used Aqueon flocculent and it cleared the tank within three minutes. My ammonia was 0.0, nitrites at 0.0, and nitrates at 20 (consistent).

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The only thing that I did on Nov.13 was I rinsed 1 media from each of my AC 50's would that be enough to cause the bloom. I know that I have lost almost all my Nitrates. My ammonia is 0 and my nitrites are 0 for now.

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The only thing that I did on Nov.13 was I rinsed 1 media from each of my AC 50's would that be enough to cause the bloom.

I really don't believe that would do it providing that you're using tank water to rinse as tap water will kill the established BB within the media that you're cleaning. As a further precaution I would only clean the media from one of your AC's on a regular basis rather than doing all at once. If this is the issue then doing one at a time would still keep your BB consistent.

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I do not have real plants. I have 3 AC's. I have 2 bags of media in each AC. I have 6 bags of media total. I only cleaned 1 of the 2 bags in each AC 50 so out of 4 bags I cleaned only 2 of them.

For the Nitrates could it be possible that maybe my WC are to big I do 50% weekly without fail. Maybe there is not enought time to rebuild before the next WC. Could I do only maybe 25%?

When I do my WC when I hit the 12% mark all my poop is cleaned out. I have no gravel.

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I am experiencing a similar thing at the moment My tank isn't very old and I've been told it's a bloom as it's a little cloudy with suspended particles. So water clarifier/flocculent can be bought at your LFS? I've only just noticed it today/yesterday.

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It is curious to me that you have no real plants AND 0 nitratespost-4056-1113060392.gifWhat kind of test kit are you using? 50% w/c/wk is not too much-I do that on all of my tanks,and so do most others here. Back to the test kit-what kind is it? Also,I had a cloudy tank last week-turned out that the media did need cleaning/rinsing-and it cleared right upbiggrin.gif

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I am experiencing a similar thing at the moment My tank isn't very old and I've been told it's a bloom as it's a little cloudy with suspended particles. So water clarifier/flocculent can be bought at your LFS? I've only just noticed it today/yesterday.

Satchi, I use Aqueon Water Clarifier after I do a water change and gravel vac...add the recommended amount and it clears my tank within 5 minutes. Works great for me and is safe for your fish. ;)

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I just used some water clarifier and the water seems cloudier then before but I was told by the shop (and reading the bottle) that it takes 24 hours for it to clear the water and collect suspended particles. I have no idea if this is true or not. Hopefully it works though! I have live plants and my nitrate/nitrite tests came back both 0? Ammonia is 0.50 so hopefully I've done the right thing. Hope your water clears up!

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