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Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

My tank has always been clear, well I bought 4 pieces of anubais, did a tank change and added them, all of a sudden my tank became super foggy to the point that 4 days later I did another 10% change to try and fix it to no avail. It is SLIGHTLY green ish so maybe its greenwater? I leave my plant light on 15 hours a day BUT its less than 1 watt per gallon so I didn't think it would matter? And the tanks cloudyness is mostly white, I'm getting a new filter pad tonight to see if maybe the carbon ran out after 1 month of use.
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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

You should be doing more than 10% water changes. And dip a white towel in the water, if it comes out green you have green water. If it's green water, I would suggest getting a UV sterilizer, like the Green Killing Machine from PetsMart.

Also, when you planted the anubias, did you remove the rock wool around the roots? That stuff is basically fertilizer-saturated fiberglass, and can wreak havoc in a tank.

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You should be doing more than 10% water changes. And dip a white towel in the water, if it comes out green you have green water. If it's green water, I would suggest getting a UV sterilizer, like the Green Killing Machine from PetsMart.

Also, when you planted the anubias, did you remove the rock wool around the roots? That stuff is basically fertilizer-saturated fiberglass, and can wreak havoc in a tank.
The normal change on my tank is 20% weekly I just did the 10% because it was so close to my usual change, and the anubais just included the plants, nothing else
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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

Hello Fist...

Small water changes are ineffective. Work up to the point you're removing and replacing half or more. When you get out the water change equipment, then make it worth the effort and change out a lot of water. If your filter system can use it, add a padded poly fiber. Acurel and HBH have a good product that will attract and hold the small particles that cause the hazy look to the water.

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Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet there's the tank in all its cloudy glory
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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

A 75% water change, then maybe another 75% water change the next day would help I think.

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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

looks like an algae bloom to me. Do a 75% water change, wrap a dark blanket/sheet around the tank and cut all lights and feeding for about 3 days, unwrap, change 50% and should be cleared up. Reduce lights in the future to avoid algae blooms.
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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

Okay, is there a reason it happened when u added more plants? My tank was fine, even with the ton of light I was giving it and then all of a sudden it went ballistic, but wont cutting the light out kill all my plants?
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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

I don't know why it did that when you put in the plants but I can sure take a guess. I'm gonna guess that the tank that held those plants that you bought had the algae.
Nah, it won't kill them. At least for 3 days it won't. If you did it for a month then they would die. They will slow in growth but not die.

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Okay, I can't stop feeding or wrap with a blanket because of my preggo platys in there I want to be able to save fry and a hungry mom isn't going to help that, so I'm thinking shutting the lights off for from now until Saturday, doing a tank clean at about 12:30 and relighting after? Or do I have to do a cleaning before? I don't want to stress my fish out after having two 20% changes in the last week...
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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

Not much will hinder a platy from reproducing. But cutting lights will certainly help. Feed only what you have to, the more waste the more the algae will be able to feed off of. And I also doubt the plants brought in the algae since its freefloating green algae, prob just coincidence.

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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

Okay, can I still run my moonlights at night?
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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

I would cut out as much light as possible. Idk if the moonlights would hurt or hinder progress at all personally but why chance giving the algae anything to photosynthesize.

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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

Cut all lights. No moon lights, and I wouldnt feed either. It is possible you are over feeding and the algae was very happy with the conditions and took off.

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I don't overfeed, true sometimes I feed 3 times a day but I add one pellet per fish and they all get eaten
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Whats your photo period?

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Unfortunately about 15 hours, I leave for school and turn the light on, and switch to moonlights after bed, BUT its less than 1 watt per gallon
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Re: Tank suddenly got way too cloudy?

LEDs don't go by the WPG rule, whats the exact brand of the light fixture, and size, and size of the aquarium. Have you thought of a timer?

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LEDs don't go by the WPG rule, whats the exact brand of the light fixture, and size, and size of the aquarium. Have you thought of a timer?
Well its a finnex planted plus so its a plant light, and my 20g is 24 inches long and so is the light
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And I want a timer its just I am so broke it hurts...
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