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    Default Filter Trouble possibly

    i have a Rio 125 setup, with a fluval U3 filter, and recently im fighting with a cloudy tank, i did a water change and the tank was crystal clear for about 24 hours, im begingin to think my my filter isnt up to the job, but it was working fine for about 2 months

    anything i can try or do?
    Rio 125: 2 Electric Blue Johannii, 3 Jack Dempsys

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    Unless your tank is “cloudy” because of small particles, a change in filters, or adding more filtration will not help you.
    A basic search, google for example, on this problem will show you it is pretty common.
    Swell, you say, I`m not the only one..
    Now, how the heck do I get my water clear.
    You will find most will recommend the water change as a remedy.
    Would be my first choice as well.
    Be aware, it might, probably will take quite a few changes to get back to clear water.
    Good luck to you
    -*-John-*-
    55G of
    All Malawi,All Mbuna,All Action,All the Time

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    ive been doing water changes 20% at most, but the situation doesnt seem to be getting any better
    Rio 125: 2 Electric Blue Johannii, 3 Jack Dempsys

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    When I went through the milky madness, I followed all the suggestions posted.
    Water change, good starting point as it is cheap and only a little time consuming. Add in reduced feedings, every other day, and less on time for the lighting.
    Did that for 2 months with no effect I could see.
    I finally tried a UV unit and that did the trick.
    9 watt, that came complete with pump and hose. Hooked it all up. Ran it in my sump.
    24-48 hours later, the water sparkled.
    Never did find out what I did to cause my water to cloud up.
    I have since removed the UV and keep it as part of my, “just in case” tool set.
    I didn`t mention UV as a first cure, as they can be a bit spendy.
    -*-John-*-
    55G of
    All Malawi,All Mbuna,All Action,All the Time

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    well i been doin 20% changes every other day
    i only feed once a day, at midnight on flakes, then Thursday they get fed brineshrimp
    lighting is only on for about 7 hours

    i also been thinkin, would the tank being directly opposite a window have any effect on it?
    Rio 125: 2 Electric Blue Johannii, 3 Jack Dempsys

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    i also been thinkin, would the tank being directly opposite a window have any effect on it?

    I would think, if a lighting problem then you would have an algae growth and water with a green tint.
    -*-John-*-
    55G of
    All Malawi,All Mbuna,All Action,All the Time

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    yea thats what i think it is, its a green tint in the water for sure
    Rio 125: 2 Electric Blue Johannii, 3 Jack Dempsys

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    An algae bloom needs a couple of things to take place.
    Food and light.
    Nitrates for food and the lighting for growth.
    Do some larger water changes and cut back on the light, see if that helps you.
    -*-John-*-
    55G of
    All Malawi,All Mbuna,All Action,All the Time

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    ive just done a larger water change, and water is alot clearer, ill give it 24 hours and report back
    Rio 125: 2 Electric Blue Johannii, 3 Jack Dempsys

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    Keep the lights off. Covering the tank for a few days will also help. Especially,if the tank gets direct sunlight. A uv filter will also do the job

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    yeah i have been considering the cover up option, but dont really wanna cover it as it makes my room what it is to be honest
    Rio 125: 2 Electric Blue Johannii, 3 Jack Dempsys

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    well so far no sign of green water, ive been in Belgium last 3 days come home to a clean tank, so what ever im doing now is working so ill keep doing that, cheers guys
    Rio 125: 2 Electric Blue Johannii, 3 Jack Dempsys

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