I recently had a problem with algae, so I tore down the tank and
cleaned everything, add new sponge's and carbon in the side mount and
the Fluval 203 on my 55 gallon tank. I realize that this removes the
good bacteria, but I was getting tired of cleaning the talk every 4-5
days. The algae came back in full force in about a week. At about two
weeks, I got 5 oto's and 2 SAE's, and in about 48 hours they had the
tank spotless of algae on all of the 35 plants. I have recorded this
as a learning experience in letting mother nature and her fish clean
the tank, but now the water has turned a 'milky see through' white
color. Does anyone know why this would be the case? I have been doing
a 40% water change every other day hoping that this phase would become
history. The fish seem fine and the plants are growing nicely now.
After the oto's had cleaned the tank, there was a lot of waste from the
fish at the bottom, but the ammonia and nitrate levels seem fine also.
Anyone have any clues?