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[APD] cloudy water problem
I have a problem with my water column. The water is a cloudy white. It does
not have any of the characteristics of an algae bloom. But I could be
The aquarium is fairly new and has been set up for 1 month. The first three
weeks I added the plants that included watersprites, hygro sp., Crypts,
Lilaeopsis, Anubius, Ludwigia repens and Bacopa monnieri. The 4 week I added
some invertebrates: trumpet snails and 10 amano shrimp.
Things were going well and the water was crystal clear. Then one day the
fluval was not working. I fixed the problem and during the priming of the
canister some 'white stuff' that was located in the tubing got into the
aquarium. And ever since that time the water column has become cloudy and
the water has an earthy smell to it.
After doing some research on the web and some suggest this is a bacterial
bloom or part of the "aquarium cycling ". But I am not sure.
My question is what is going on in the water column? All my parameters look
Also what can I do about it?
Here is some additional information about the aquarium.
substrate: sand + ecocomplete
Co2 dosing: 20 bubbles per min
pH: between 6.8-7.0
Kh: 5 degress
nitrates: 0 ppm
phosphates: 0 ppm
nitrites: 0 ppm
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