Re: Green Water & Clarity
In my quest to figure out what is going on in your tank I read through the forum discussion you linked me to. I could not see the picture but here are some excerpts that caught my attention:
Starting on July 29:
*Having failed miserably in an attempt to plant my tank a while back, I have now re-designed the entire thing with new substrate (Seachem Onyx sand), brighter lighting (T6 plantgro) and got myself the neccessary suppliments (iron, carbon addative and potassium).
Last time I added plants, my tank went cloudy and never recovered from this. I chucked out nearly all the plants apart from some slow growers (of which i dont know the name). I moved these 5 plants into my other tank which is again freshly set up, and a similar problem has occured again. Slightly cloudy water. Its not the fish being overfed as i do it every other day and ensure its all eaten.
So, my question is this: What has caused the cloudyness and will my attempt at a new planted tank have this same problem? Will this be cleared by the fast growing plants i am going to add?
I have seen some fantastic tanks about which crystal clear water and this is what I want to achieve. Anything else you can think of to help will be apreciated
*I added the substrate, plants and water along with fertilisers and plant suppliments and thats it! I've recently added bacterial suppliment which wont upset the ballance as it were.
*Well, I added the Clarity and as it says, the water went even more cloudy for an hour. Left it overnight and this morning......... no change. I'm not sure how long this takes to have an effect though?
*I only have 9 danio's in there at the moment
*Fish: 9 x Zebra Danio's
* * * * ** 3 x Wagtail Platy's
* * * * ** 2 x Angelfish
* * * * ** 2 x Pearl Gourami's
* * * * ** 2 x Blue Gourami's
* * * * ** 1 x Siamese Fighting Fish
* * * * ** 2 x Bristlenose Pleco
* * * * ** 1 x Red Tailed Black Shark
This is a 180 liter (45 gallon) tank. You either have 9 zebra danios or 22 assorted fish. If you have 22 fish I would say that this is probably too many for such a new tank that is having problems. I would also suggest that you do not fertilize your plants until the cloudy water gets cleared up. It definitely sounds like a biological bloom of some sort. Either a bacteria or algae. If it is not pea soup green I would venture to say that it is a biological bacteria bloom. Clarity will have a very mild effect on biological blooms. It is best to fix the problem rather than to try to disguise it with chemicals. The bacteria or algae will keep reproducing even though Clarity is pulling it out. So you might not see any results.
I would recommend that you test your water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. If it is a bacteria usually these are good indicators. Please let me know the numerical results of these tests.
If the water is indeed pea soup green I would recommend a product to absorb the phosphates, I know your levels are testing at 0. But phosphates are naturally being produced all of the time in your tank and until the green is gone you don't want to have any in the tank. You plants will consume them but most likely they won't have too much of a chance with that algae in there.
Again I want to reiterate, do not add fertilizers. Most algaes will consume the small amounts of phosphates, nitrates, and even iron in fertilizers. Also a new tank usually has plenty of these fertilizers in the first few months. Excel would be fine because it does not contain any of these ingredients.
Also make sure when you are using Clarity to have fine filter floss packed into the filter. Most filter cartridges are designed to let the fine stuff through otherwise you would be changing your filter cartridge every few days.
I hope this information helps and I'm looking forward to seeing your test results.