Cloudy water in fish tank?

Cloudy water in fish tank? Topic: Cloudy water in fish tank?
July 18, 2019 / By Georgette
Question: I need some help on this one, I purchased a 55 gallon fish tank about 2 months ago and I cycled it and everything like that. I decided to buy 2 baby oscars and a pleco algae eater, the reason why I bought 2 is because my friend is buying a 55 gallon in the future and Im going to give him the other oscar. I started having cloudy water problems about 3 weeks after putting them into my tank and Im puzzled by it because for 1 I have over-sized filtration for the tank(Marineland Penguin 350 good for 75 gallon tanks and recently put on a Marineland Penguin 100 good for 20 gallon tanks to help the other power filter out some) and 2 I have two big bubbler pads in it providing plenty of oxygen to the water and to promote more algae growth in the tank and for 3 I started doing 50% water changes every week since the cloudy water occured. I don't over feed my oscars ( I feed them Hikari Cichlid gold pellets 2X a day I give each fish 2-3 pellets in the morning and at night before the light goes out) I have noticed that water isnt as cloudy as it used to be but I can still see that it still has some cloudiness in it so I hope that someone can solve my problem with my tank. Thanks, Dan After doing some research on the chlorine and chloramine remover I was using with water changes it turns out that my water ( I live in Pinellas County, FL) was using chloramines which is a chlorine + ammonia bond and the remover I was using was ONLY removing the chlorine bond and NOT the ammonia bond so basically I was pouring ammonia water into my tank. I have now purchased a conditioner called Amquel Plus which removes both chlorine and chloramines along with ammonia and other compounds so I'll see what that does so far it hasn't done really anything (figures) I have read that now my county has now switched back over to regular chlorine which is a lot easier to get rid of and less harmful then chloramines are so Im going to drain my tank and start over again which sucks.
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Dellma Dellma | 8 days ago
Cloudy water can be caused by high amounts of ammonia in your tank. Sometimes fish waste or overfeeding can cause this. Tap water can have large amounts of ammonia as well so bottled or filtered water would be a better choice. You should change your water at least once a month (between 1/3 and 1/2). When feeding the fish make sure there is a small amount and that the fish are eating all of the amount you are giving them. Oscars can be a very dirty fish so clean often. We would recommend purchasing a gravel siphon for your tank as well. It makes it much easier to clean your rocks and do water changes.
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Dellma Originally Answered: Why is my betta tank water cloudy?
The tank is not cycled your supposed to cycle a tank before you add fish . the water could be cloudy because its a bacteria bloom .did you add gravel if so it can be because of this as well. But a 5 gallon tank is better for a Betta fish and i hope you have a filter and heater. You will need to cycle this tank now with the Betta fish in it .

Burgundy Burgundy
Because you have too many high waste producing fish in that tank. 1. Oscars need 75 gallons not 55. They can reach over a foot long and cannot turn around in a 55 gallon fish tank. 2. Pleco's need 75 gallon tanks. They can reach 18 inches and 55 is too small for that. Neither your friend nor you should have an oscar or a pleco in a 55 gallon tank 3. You couldn't have cycled it in 2 weeks. It takes 6-8 weeks to PROPERLY cycle a fish tank and what you have now is a bacterial bloom in response to a massive ammonia spike in the tank. Take all those fish back cycle the tank and then get fish appropriate for the size of tank you have.
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Allissa Allissa
After water changes, especially ones of %50, expect it to be cloudy. It also could be a bacterial bloom. The bacteria is too small to be sucked up by the filter. Luckily you can get a treatment which clusters the bacteria together so it can be sucked up by the filter. Don't add extra bacteria and do %10 water changes instead of %50. %50 will shock your fish. Also expect an algae bloom after your bacterial bloom has cleared. These two seem to come hand in hand. Hope it helps and happy fish keeping!;D
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Uziah Uziah
If your cloudiness continues to decreasing and your water measurements are all at normal levels then you should be ok. Your tank is cloudy most likely because your trying to promote algae growth That being said I would be doing a smaller 25% water change every 2 days until your water cleans up, then continue with your weekly 50% water changes.
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Rohan Rohan
Both plecos and Oscars are very dirty fish. They require a lot of filtration, more than you have. White cloudy water is a sign of a bacterial bloom. This can be caused by ammonia buildup. Overfeeding is a common cause of this.
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Milburn Milburn
I'm no fish expert, but this happens to my turtle tank all the time! A few times after this happened, I'd do 50-75% water changes and for a while it would be fine, but it would soon be cloudy again. Eventually I gave up and in a few days it cleared itself! I have no clue how, but it did. The water was clear.
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Justice Justice
It means the all your fish will die if you don't do a few regular water changes ASAP There are basic rules for keeping fish. If you wish to do it successfully you will abide by those rules. One rule is do not overstock. 1 inch of fish needs a minimum of 1 gallon of water. Another rule is . A cycled filter is always neccessary to remove the poisons created by the fish in the water. Another rule is. Do regular water changes Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_it_mean_when_the_water_in_a_fish_tank_is_cloudy#ixzz1Vai1bfUp
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Justice Originally Answered: Why is the water in fish tank harder than my tap water?
In many ways, CO2 injected tanks are a different breed from a regular tank. Many people who know their stuff when it comes to a regular tank will find that they have to "break some rules" when it comes to a gassed tank. The water coming from the tap has a higher level of dissolved CO2 due to partial pressures. That is why it is showing you a 6.6. If you let it sit for a while, you should actually see that change as the dissolved gases reach equilibrium in normal atmospheric pressure. I am a bit confused here tho. Your question asks about hardness, but the explanation of your question only addresses pH concerns. You have carbon injection? As in CO2 injection? What concentration are you running? And equally important, what is the KH in that tank? What is your lighting like? If you are dosing Potassium, as in using Potassium Chloride, you have one of the three Macros covered. Nitrate is a bit shaky but usable on a gassed tank, but what are you doing about Phosphorus? Since I assume that your question is actually pH related, not hardness related, all of these can come into play because if any of the Macro Nutrients, light, or carbon are deficient, you will have an imbalance. (You appear to have micro nutrients covered, so I am leaving that out of the picture for now) The first thing you should probably do is determine the actual pH of your tap water after letting it sit out for several hours. That will tell you your starting point. You also want to know the KH of the tap water and the KH of the tank water for a comparison. If the tank has a higher KH than the tap water, something is 'dissolving' in the tank. Artificially lowering the pH with Blackwater Extract (tannins) is just chasing pH and trying to treat the symptom, not the cause. My 100g planted tank runs at a KH of 4 with a pH of 6.6, giving me about 30ppm CO2, which it turns out (oddly enough) actually matches up with my drop checker. If you are injecting CO2 and getting a pH over 7, something isn't right. Get those KH numbers and lets get this figured out and solve the problem. [RE: The Added Info] Without really knowing how much CO2 there is, guesses are really hard.... Getting the true pH of the source water is key here. That said, there is a distinct possibility that the KH is high enough and CO2 input low enough that you simply aren't seeing a drop in pH. Another possibility is that as the CO2 introduces carbonic acid into the water, that acidity is reacting with something, probably rocks, to increase the buffering capacity of the water, making the CO2 less effective at dropping the pH. Have you checked tank decor with something acidic like vinegar to rule that out? If vinegar on a rock makes foam or bubbles, the rock shouldn't be in the tank - especially a CO2 injected tank. While you are at it, check some of your sand too. Without a KH reading from the tank and the source water - we aren't totally shooting in the dark, but we're close to it..

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