What could make my tank look so white cloudy with particles floating in the water?My tank has been up and running for 3 months now.
My tank is a 10 gallon..I have my one betta Cleo, 4 small peppered corys and an apple snail living in this tank as well as my 1 lonely ghost shrimp..
( I plan on moving my apple snail into my other 10 gallon soon)It is decently planted..A bit of a messy planting arrangement at the moment from all the frequent vacuuming...but it is planted..
It has been cloudy for about 2 1/2 weeks now..I have upped my water changes to 50% twice a week with substrate vacuuming. Also it looks like a nasty "dust" settles on most of my plants by day 3 after vacuuming...Especially my cabomba furcata and my anubias...They look rather antiqued.
Could it be my sand?It doesn't really look like sand...Or am I going through a bacteria bloom of some sort? ooor is it possible to be some sort of algae? My tank is somewhat close to a window.( plan on moving it eventually..but I have to find someone to help me first.
I have also had troubles with this particular filter...I have cleaned it several times with dechlorinated water... and it still has a pretty slow outflow..I don't even have to baffle it. Should I get a new filter maybe? I also haven't changed my carbon filter cartridge in a few months....Do you think it would help if I changed it?
The first day I noticed the cloud and particles I checked my ammonia and it was up at .50ppm!
I felt like crying! never seen it that high before!
I did a 50% water change right away and added a little extra Prime and it hasn't been that high since.
Which is making me believe it may be some sort of cycle I am going through...but...the water looks real nasty and I can see stuff floating around even after I do a 50% water change with vacuum.I plan on bringing a sample of my water to the fish store to get tested for the other stuff sometime this week...until then I will just keep up with water changes and hope for the best I suppose!
I feel like I clean this tank non stop and it still looks cloudy and dirty.
My fish is acting ok..He just made a huge bubble nest the other night and my corys are active and hungry as always..and my shrimp is convinced he is a cory cat..
What do you think I should do?
I have some photos to come...I just have to find my camera adapter thing...