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cloudiness in tanks
I'm writing an article/FAQ on substrates and I'd like a little
more information on remedies for cloudiness in tanks caused by
clay or similar fine particles.
"Crystal-Clear" from Aquarium Products is available in Canada
and will do the job for you!
Does anybody know what's in Crystal-Clear? This isn't an algicide
or something intended to clear bacterial turbidity is it? I'm
looking specifically for remedies for clay cloudiness. What does
the packaging say about it?
Assuming that Crystal-Clear is a chemical agent, are there safe
chemicals that anyone would care to suggest for this purpose?
I'm sure there are some biological remedies and I'm hoping we can
poke one of our biochemistry experts to come up with an
explanation or two!
When I've mixed plain water and clay in a pail, it will remain
cloudy for weeks. I try to avoid that situation in aquariums but
it has occurred to a lesser extent and I always seem to be able
to cure it by using an ordinary floss type filter. Why is that???
There is no way that the floss would have the ability to filter
out particles 2 microns in size or smaller.
Is it "stickiness" or is it something to do with neutralizing the
negative charge sites on the clay crystals? If it's stickiness,
what is that? What makes things sticky? (besides peanut butter
What makes some kinds of bacteria sticky?