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Ways to Clear a Cloudy Aquarium Tank

First things first you need to check your levels in the water. By this I mean do your water tests for PH, Nitrate, Nitrite and Amonina levels. This can tell you many different things and also point you in the right direction to getting that water colour you desire.

Once you’ve done your checks you need to see if you ph levels are high. If so it will help to cause you water to become cloudy. This is because phosphates, silicates and possibly heavy metals have excessively dissolved into the water. If you have a new set-up this also could be a cause to your high PH levels and the cloudiness. All you need to do is add some PH buffer to bring down your levels. If you already have fish in your tank another good trick is to add some bog wood or maybe some peat moss into the filter within a bag. This will cause the PH levels to drop in a natural way and shouldn’t cause any stress to your fish.
If within your water test’s you’ve done your PH seems fine but you have a high reading on your Amaoina. That could be helping your water to turn cloudy so you can add in some ammonia neutraliser and this will turn it into safe ammonia. Also in turn help to reduce the water state.

The Nitrates and Nitrites levels can also cause your tank to become cloudy so make sure you’ve checked these correctly. If these levels are high not only can they become deadly to the fish they also encourage algae growth, causing your water to turn cloudy. To change this you need to add in some nitrogen removing media into your filter. In turn this will bring those levels down.

Some other tips to help you solve why you could be having cloudy water are fairly simple. If you change about 20% of your water for some fresh water as this will remove some of the debris and bacteria. Even doing this can clear up an aquarium.

You could also try to hoover your tank a bit more often. I know that once you’ve done this your tank looks worse than when you started. It helps to mix up all the organic material which is settled within your substrate. After a few minutes of doing this your water should start looking clear as your filter will start to pick up more of the material floating around in your water.

If you’ve followed all these steps to help you find ways to clear a cloudy aquarium. Within a few days of even hours you should have that crystal clear water you desire in your tank.


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