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  1. I have a small (30 inch) tank in my bedroom. It gets some direct sunlight in the mornings ( from around 7.30 till 9.00 ) I have the choice it gets sunlight or I get Asthma - got to have the window open a little bit . But also the tank goes cloudy about 8am to 8 30am this clears by about 1pm at the latest . Obviously this is some kind of life form (the tank has no fish yet , but does have plants ) I was wondering what it could be . I do not think it is algae as it is grey to slightly brown not green . Actuall looks like an infusorian culture but not as dense .
  2. Hi all, so surprise surprise my convicts had fry. the dad has been a good dad watching out for them but in doing so he has pushed harshly past their cave many time which has scratched him on the side. i think he has also scratched his eye as i can see a scratch above his right eye... but today both eye at the front look cloudy.. checked water ph 7.4 ammonia 0 ppm nitrite 0 ppm nitrate 10 ppm so a quick 25%water change... but i want to make sure no infection comes. i have melafix.. and from what i know it is just a very basic anti bacterial.. i have no other tank to put him in at the moment so can i treat with melafix while fry are in the tank ??? pics below for reference ....thanks
  3. Hi All, I have been after some ammonia without soap in it for some time now and have not found it any where. I tried to make a makeshift still from a Kmart kettle with the thermo removed and some jars and tube. This was not an overly successful venture. Then today it occurred to me activated carbon will absorb surfactants like soap but not ammonia. So in theory it should give me what I want. has anyone here used carbon to get soapless ammonia from cloudy ammonia. Or does anyone have a better knowledge of chemistry that could confirm this. I'm a little worried about destroying perfectly good carbon and killing all my bacteria.
  4. So a week ago today I picked up 8 7-8cm discus from Darren Thomson aka Gold Coast Discus. First couple of days where fine apart from the normal settling in period. Then late on day two I noticed white spot on quiet a few of the fish. The following day I started Protozin treatment and seems to have cleared up nicely. (3rd day of treatment yesterday) However on day 3 I noticed that the Penang eruptions gill plate was raised on one side and the membrane is sticking out around 3-5mm when it takes a breath. Also there are some barely visible white lines/spots on the membrane when you look inside (please see photo) He is still breathing from both gills, colour is nice, behaviour is normal and eating fine. Then today I noticed that my blue diamonds eyes have gone cloudy (pop eye???) he is not eating and is very reserved. Are these problems possibly related and what can I do? I have spoken to quiet a few people and done hours of research with no firm diagnosis on what's happening to my tank. Apart from the Protozin treatment for white spot I have been doing 50% wc daily and added 1tbs of salt per 60l. Sorry for for the long story :/ Any help or advice would be very much appreciated... I have no idea what to do! Ph: 7.5 Am: 0 Rite: 0 Rate 0-5 30 deg Bare bottom 4x2x2 with a 3 foot sump, no plants, no other fish. Setup in run completely on pre filtered rain water.
  5. Hi guys, I woke up thos morning to find my benga peacock has a cloudy eye and what seems like a bit of scale damage on the same side. I also noticed my mono sebae has a slightly cloudy eye on one side too but not other damage. One of my big ob's has a stringy thing coming from his lower lip. Would it just be a bit of aggression? Or should I start treating the tank with some pima and or mela? I'm about to do a water change as the nitrate is around 40ppm. I just cleaned the fx5 on Thursday night (rinsed sponges and media in tank water and replaced macropore). Amonia and nitrite are both zero and ph is around 7.8 which I don't really understand as the tank has about 60kg of holey rock in it and crushed coral substrate. Also I forgot to mention I had a dead Azureus last night for no apparent reason. He was not beat up that I could notice. I don't want to loose any more fish!
  6. Most times I do a water change I get a cloudy tank that I assume is a bio bloom. Drives me crazy as it takes days to clear. I tested water prior to change today, ph6.2, Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates between 0 and 5. Tank and sump combined is 2000 litres. I change 50% of water, use 10 caps of Prime. Sump packed to the brim with K1, jap mat and matrix. Tank has been running for 3 years, has large Americans and a native. They are happy as Larry it is only me that gets annoyed. Any clues as to what I am doing wrong ?
  7. Hi guys, yep it's the Newbie back for more advice on little information to give!!! I have a small nano tank, 20l or so (it's one of those AquaOne tanks), that for almost a year has had cherry shrimp and 2 peppermint bristlenose, it's also planted although no new plants have been introduced. Nothing much has ever happened with it. Since my partner moved out almost 5 months ago, I have been caring for the tank. I put a sprinkle of micro pellets in (the Hikari ones) every 2/3 days for the shrimp, and a couple of algae wafers for the pepps. I only change around a third of the water at a time, about every 2 weeks and always treat the water with prime. In the last month there have been more and more snails appearing. I had surgery 2 weeks ago so haven't been up and about, and yesterday noticed the snail numbers have EXPLODED!! I got a net in and scooped out a lot, this morning there was just as many!! I also noticed yesterday that the water was looking quite cloudy and had a stagnant smell. I changed out half the water, I took out the sponge and rinsed it out in aquarium water a few times, it was yuck, water went really dark. I also took out the ceramic noodles and gave them a swish around in aquarium water, then topped the tank back up with fresh water. Still cloudy today and had a few shrimp deaths (they have been breeding awesomely lately!!) and some that looked dead that were actually stuck to the glass lid but were still alive and jumped back in the tank. A lot of the shrimp are hanging out at the very top of the tank. I don't know if I did the right thing or the wrong thing, tried google but so much conflicting opinion!!! If we own a water test kit, I don't know where it is but I can go and look, as long as it has instructions!!!!!! I just don't want to lose the tank!!! Should I buy a new sponge? Keep changing the water out? Is it possible to blast the snails?? As usual, ANY and ALL advice is most welcome!!!!!!
  8. Had tank set up 2 weeks seeded 1200lph canister from sponge filters also 600 lph internal filter water pretty good but very cloudy , have clarity water treatment but do not know wheather to use it or not ? Has white sand and plants. peter m
  9. .Hey guy's, have my saratoga currently with a bit of cloudy eye, This has only happened since he decided to have a moment and jump through my lids a couple weeks back, I just tried to leave it and let it heal alone but didn't seem to work, Lastnight added 40 tablespoons of salt / 4 caps pond strength melafix Any other idea's on how to deal with this ? Anything other than jumping through my lids could be causing this ? Toga is relatively small and only 2ft long so would think young and healthy enough to come back from this with a little treatment.
  10. Hi,I've noticed today that two of my fish have what looks like a white film starting to appear in one eye,what is this & how do I treat it,thankyou Brett.
  11. Hi! I'm starting out with a 3-foot tank and am learning a lot while setting it up. I've included a couple of photos below. This will be a freshwater aquarium, with smaller species including guppies, neon tetras, and a few others. I'm having a problem with the water clarity and I'd appreciate feedback or assistance. The bottom is filled with "Serenity Aquatics Freshwater Gravels" black quartz. Initially my wife and I thought the "triple washed" promise on the bag would be sufficient, but after adding a little water we found the dark grey clouds were a problem. We drained the water, washed the gravel and tried again. After again seeing some grey water, we tried again, this time washing small amounts of gravel in a white ice-cream container until the water ran clear with each batch. Now we have a full tank, and the water is still "foggy" and not clear. It isn't coloured or tinted, it just appears to have a slightly white fog in the water. There aren't any particles visible to the naked eye. We have added some "API Tap Water Conditioner" as well as some "Seachem Stability" solution for new tanks. After 2 days with 2 sponge filters running, the water remained unchanged. On the 3rd day, we were told an internal filter would be better at picking up particulates so we added one (Resun 700L/h) too. We're planning to replace the sponge filters with the internal one, but for now we have both systems running to try to clear the water. We were also advised to try some "Accu-Clear" which has now been added on 2 consecutive days. Now on day 4, the water remains foggy. Chemistry tests are all okay (pH 7.2, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate at Nil) but the water doesn't seem to be getting any clearer at all. 1. Is the gravel the most likely cause of the foggy water? 2. Has anyone had a similar experience with the Serenity Aquatics black gravel? 3. Should I consider replacing the water yet again, or do I just need wait and see? I realise it's early days, and I need to run the tank for a bit longer before buying & adding fish, but I don't want to wait another week and then have to start from scratch again. p.s. On a side note, does anyone have some photography tips for Aquariums? These two are just snaps from my phone, but if someone has some tips for better pics that'd be great!
  12. Hey everyone, I've been having an issue for some time that I've ignored untill now. The tank has been cloudy and then cleared up mostly. Then I cleaned the filter and pipes last night and put a small piece of lettuce in and took it out just before(so roughly 16 hours) The tank is very cloudy now. I did do water tests last time it was cloudy and water was perfect It gets dosed with excel daily. It's running a basic heater. Eheim 2213. Basic plants that you can see. Bristlenose, shrimp, 2 khuli loaches and guppy's Here is a photo anyway. Doesn't show full cloudyness-ness Haha.
  13. Hi Guys, So today I had to move one of my tanks from one side of the room to the other. I put my africans into a 60litre rubbish bin with an airstone whilst i made the move.. All up it took about 1 1/2 hrs till I was able to rehome them back into their tank... Obviously there were stressed by the move, but about 80% of the fish had a cloudy haze over the lens of their eyes... I'm assuming the stress coupled with the confinement and the extra wastes produced ammonia efffectively burning their eyes?? Does that sound right?? Now about 6 hrs late it looks like their eyes are becomimg cleaer... I think... or is that just wishful thinking? Have I done any permament damage to my babies??????
  14. So i have two tanks about 4m apart in the living room. The 8x2.5x2.5 with Tibetan mountain rock always looks really sharp and the water is crystal clear. Filtration on this big boy consists of 2 x FX6's + 3ft sump. Picture below (without fish as i removed them all today). On the opposite side of the room i have my Tropheus Lufubu tank which is 120cm x 80cm x 80cm and filtration consists of an Eheim Professional 3 2080 canister (basically a sump on wheels). This tank is filled with a heap of Texas Holey rock to help keep the carbonates and pH up and to give the Troph's somewhere to hide & play. Trouble is that the water in this tank since adding the rock seems to always look that bit more drab, dull and slightly cloudy / washed out than the other tank. I'm not sure if it's the way the light reflects off the white rock or something else? Lighting on both tanks is the same (Aquazonic Miracle LEDs) & both tanks have internal wavemakers to help with deadspots and circulation. Both tanks also have the same crushed coral as substrate. Looking for ideas, suggestions, thoughts as to why the Lufubu tank looks the way it does before i swap the Texas Holey rock to Tibetan mountain rock...
  15. Hi 3 days ago my beautiful decided she wanted to feed the baby fish and mummy fish, so she moved and climbed on a chair to get the fish food while I was cooking dinner and pored half a Chinese container of flake in the tank . I straight away got out the net and get as much as I could out I then did a gravel clean and rinsed the filter sponge in the bucket of tank water as it was clogged up. I have repeated gravel clean for the last 3 days. The water is still cloudy. Is there any home remedies I can do? I will post levels when the tank settles in an hour. Thank you
  16. Hi all, This is my first DIY planted tank. By this I mean I have a DIY Substrate and a DIY CO2 set up. Problem is the tank just wont come clear? Substate 1- Unwashed Propergating sand 2- Blood & Bone 3- Laterite (well washed) 4- Aquatic pond mix (well washed) 5- Ironized Soil (well washed) 6- Propergating Sand (washed....washed.... then washed again) Filter is a canister If anyone can help me it would be great Cheers
  17. okay ..here's the low down ...after a few years keeping an assortment of freshwater Africans tangs and many tropicals is about six different tanks...I have decided that I would start a 2x18x18 marine tank as a learning curve to bigger things....after adding salt the tank became cloudy with yellow tinge..only been up for 48 hrs so no real cycle ...filter has active media from another saltwater tank. Also added some live rock today..with no change to tint in water....I have two ideas....first one is that sodium emitts yellow light when a standard white light is passed through it..or maybe their is a increased amount of iron in water from pipes or from council adding **** since the flood etc ...or is the colouring going to go away with time..any ideas would be helpful
  18. just struggling with my aquariums clarity at the moment guys, any help appreciated. ph 7 amm 0 nitrate 0 nitrite 0 tested with api test kit. ok the water not milky, more like microscopic suspended particles? two filters an aqua clear 500 (new number now, its the big one any way) has big sponge, ceramic noodles, purigen/macropore and a some white filter material. and an otto internal running the standard sponges 4x1.5x1.5 size heavy stocked tropical community. 4x anubias on driftwood, oldea and some val water change obviously helps, but in three to four days its cloudy again. have thrown some melafix at it for a day or two, no difference. i use supachlor, stresscoat and stress zyme with water changes. TIA guys Bryan
  19. have a 4ft tank that was setup 3 weeks ago, tropical fish in for 1 week (mollies ) tank looks unreal from the front, water is clear and ph good, but when i look from the end of tank it looks cloudy. Any suggestions. running 1 internal filter and have live plants and only have 10 fish in it at the moment
  20. Pic attached of Peacock with Cloudy Eye.... So I've done the google thing and its either Bacterial or fungal and can be treated by Melafix and pimafix.... Sweet Problem is though Cloudy eye is usually caused by bad water quality and/or low PH. This 320L tank is maintained same day every fortnight with a 25% water change and gravel pump. The new water is treated with prime and Cichlid buffer. Water qual is good so could it be because the tank (and eheim 2217) are only 3 months aged, even though fish were added slowly?
  21. title says it all thanks for any help i just added beach sand into my 4ft and it took forever.
  22. hey guys the water in my tank keeps going cloudy was wondering if any one has had the same prob fish only get fed twice aday and no left over food is in the tank its really piisn me off i have never had this befor thanks in advance blade....
  23. Hi all, I have a 4 year old Protomelas Taeniolatus that has developed a cloudiness in his right eye overnight. I did a water change and filter clean yesterday but the only thing I did differently to normal was to add some Seachem "Stability" to help re-establish the filter so I wouldn't have thought this would be the cause of the cloudy eye. There does appear to be a small abrasion on the surface of the eye. Could this be the likely cause and can anyone please advise if there is anything I can do to treat the cloudy eye or do I just wait it out. Thanks heaps
  24. My Fish have cloudy eyes again,this comes and goes all the time,i know my waters good its been tested at shop and its fine, ph 6,im always dosing with melafix its good for a while then they get it again.... Waterchange weekly ,and vacc,I have sand substrate the fish are Geo rio branco. Some fish have it only on one eye ,some both ,some not at all. Still eating normally. Run a Ehiem 2028 and fluval Internal. Please help
  25. Hey guys, I recently changed my substrate to sand after my last Ranchu died from gravel impaction. At the moment my fishies are in a little temporary tank with their old water while the sand settles in their regular tank, I rinsed the sand like 7 times until the water was coming up clear. When I put the sand into the tank it made it cloudy again, so I have the filter running to try and clear it up, is it bad for fish to be in cloudy water caused by substrate? Like I said they aren't IN the tank with the new substrate yet, but I was wondering if I could put them in it because I don't know how long it will be until everything settles.
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