Today we’re going to be talking about how to get rid of cloudy water in your aquarium. I’m gonna be explaining a few things that I’ve learned with all my friends behind me with some cloudy water and some things that you guys can do to fix this problem and some things that could be causing it.
When it comes to cloudy water there’s a vast majority of things that could be happening. All of these things could be bacteria blooms. It could be that your substrate is dirty. It could be that you have inadequate filtration. It can be that you have too many fish and it can even be that there’s some biofilm on your glass, so basically I’m gonna run through all those things I just said and pretty much explain how these things can cause cloudy water.
Reasons For Cloudy Water In Your Aquarium
So the first thing is gonna be that bacteria bloom. So, this is something that can happen quite easily in an aquarium, especially if an aquarium is new and basically, what has to happen is that’s to be like a southern dose of nutrients available to bacteria for them to suddenly bloom and these bacteria’s bloom in tiny, tiny little things, you can’t even see them and that’s what creates that cloud in the aquarium.
This is commonly caused by overfeeding that can be dead fish and like kind of stuff, I’m hoping that there’s no dead fish in your aquariums and also this is really common with Newark, where it’s just an imbalance in nutrients. There are too many nutrients available for those bacteria to use and grow and overpopulate, and then you have a huge cloud of bacteria.
My second thing that I’ve noticed over the past 7 years of keeping fish to course bailing water is the new substrate. So when I set up a new aquarium, pretty much every single time that aquarium is gonna have some cloudiness in there now. This is really only with Aquarians to a substrate.
Normally, when I set up like a bare bottom tank or something like that, there’s absolutely no cloudiness, and this is because there’s no debris attached to anything in the aquarium, except for maybe what’s on the glass and on the filter and like our stuff. So I had it with this aquarium behind me. Hope would disco me out here: it’s completely normal and that can be why your ohms of clothing, so I think it’s common knowledge to clean your substrates.
Every time you say, new aquarium make sure that you get like a bucket and you just hose it out with the substrate in there, and you give it a good clean, because you have no idea where our substrates been that could have been literally dragged through a river.
It’s got tons of dust and dirt in there and that could be what’s clouding up your water, so I clean all my substrates, but this is a really easy fix, and normally this will just like fix itself over time with the filtration and all those Little sediments will fall down to the bottom. So if you set up a new aquarium, don’t worry the sediment, like all that, like dust and stuff will sort itself out, but if you guys are about to set up one just clean your gravel, it’s gonna save me so much time.
Too Many Fish
My third reason why we get cloudy water in aquariums is there’s simply too many fish in the aquarium, so you might have overstocked your aquarium. This can especially happen with fish that are commonly known to stir up substrate and move sand around the aquarium, so shell dwellers and life and stuff and gfa it’s all. Those kinds of fish will get in there and they’ll stir up the substrate and that stuff can often bring debris into the water column and cloud it up. So those are some really common things that can happen to fish that kind of get around the substrate and move it around.
I’ve even noticed, like kribensis stewart and sometimes even apistogramma, is a lot of little cichlids kind of like tend to do it, so that can be a really common issue, but also what can happen if you have an aquarium? That’s over stop is that those fish create a big bar load and I turn into a big bacterial bloom and that’s very, very common to happen when you over stop an aquarium.
My fourth reason why you can get cloudy water in an aquarium is inadequate filtration, so what I mean by that is either the media or the amount of filtration, so I’m not a real big filtration guy. In fact, I keep all sponge filters. I normally rely on a lot of little bacteria and stuff like that to break down the biological side of the filtration in my aquarium, often sometimes when you set up an or chrome like I was talking about before, they feel thrashing in your aquariums not enough to take white debris out, so are you spongeable to. So don’t really have to worry about this too much, but sometimes, if you use hang on the back filters and canister filters and all that kind of stuff, what can happen is the media that you’re using is too coarse in there’s too many spaces for the material to get through and they’re not gonna filter it properly.
So if you use stuff like wool, that’s gonna be way better for taking out material from the aquarium, because it’s got a lot less holes that stuff can get through and it’s obviously gonna. Take more stuff out, but compared to something with bigger holes like a big porous sponge or something like that, it’s just not gonna, be take out as much debris. So that can be the reason why I don’t really rely on this one too much, because I don’t see it to be a cause of why I just see it to be more of like a kind of quick fix, is to up the filtration and get like a high flow through the aquarium, but that can have a whole bunch of negative impacts.
I’m gonna talk about them in a second and then the fifth reason. Why is that could just simply be I’m not kidding you? This does happen. That could be just some biofilm on the glass, so the glass could just be dirty and the aquarium water’s fine, so normally over time. Biofilm forms on the glass – and this is just like a slime kind of coat layer of just like little organisms that form over time, even on the glasses.
Those bacterias that are super useful in the ammonia and nitrates cycle in your aquarium and helping you out to make sure you don’t have any ammonia in your aquarium. So what I recommend is just give it a scrub. Make sure this isn’t the issue. It can be a really easy fix, and if that is your issue, I thought I just mentioned this really quickly, just to make sure this wasn’t the problem for you, okay, here, those were the common reasons why your chrome, water is gonna, be cloudy.
Now I’m gonna give you guys some solutions and some fixes to this issue. Often this issue can be quite a good indicator of some other issues in your aquarium, like problems with ammonia and nitrates and like and stuff so it often indicates imbalances and things like that, so I’m gonna try and give you guys some of the fixes that I use when I notice I have cloudy water and some of the things I’ve used in the past just to fix this problem.
Now, like I was talking about before the filtration, can be an issue. Sometimes it’s not really a cause of cloudy water, but it’s gonna be definitely something that you can use to fix the cloudy water. So I think the filtration, your aquarium and adding really fine media to your filters is going to be very, very useful. But, however, this can have significantly bad consequences on some fish, so if you’ve got gutters and things like that, there gonna be fish that don’t really like to have high flow and you’re actually entitled them out and cause some issues.
If you start to get really powerful filters, trying to quickly take all the stuff out of the water, so that’s something to be aware of! You don’t want to have like a fish that, like a better or something like that, that really likes to sit in stagnant water and you don’t want to bring like a big filter and that’s gonna push it around and make it swim all the time. It’s just gonna tire it out and you can even kill the fish. So that’s just something to be aware of: it’s definitely a big stir, add more ocean and filtration with really fine, fine media.
But it’s just gonna be like a very, very temporary fix and I wouldn’t recommend doing it for a very long period of time and then, of course, like the other fix is going to be to add just less porous, filter media. So if you’ve got like porous, filter, media, add less porous, filter media, add something that’s gonna have less spaces for stuff to get through, and it’s gonna help. You filter out all that stuff, but I’m gonna tell you what I do so noble here. This is exactly what I am doing.
This is what I’d recommend doing, and this is two up the water changes, so my go-to solution normally when I have problems like this in my homes – and this is just my opinion – so don’t get completely offended if you guys have different solutions – is completely up to you to use those, but what I like to do is up the water changes, so I’ll do like forty to fifty percent a day until this issue goes, and this will normally fix up the issue.
So if I get like cloudy water, normally in my chromes, actually get it quite a bit, and this can happen when I feed like a zucchini into my aquariums, to feed the plecos or if I feed, like some green beans and stuff like that, it really does Cloudy it up, because those guys are just really messy ears and that can be really common cause of why I like you, get like cloudy water and the way I fix this is literally water changes, so it might take a couple of attempts, but I’ll do quite a few water changes I’ll do some really big ones and that’ll normally fix up the issue.
You’ve got to be careful, obviously, when you’re doing water changes. I don’t want to like make this too complicated for you guys. You don’t want to like completely stress the fish out and if you’ve got like little near carroty and a shrimp and stuff like that lots of water changes can actually be detrimental. Maybe you can up the filtration on that side of things. I’ve noticed that, with all the fish that I keep, which are dwarf, cichlids angelfish bristlenose, plecos neon tetras and rainbow fish normally.
I just have to do a couple of water changes to get this issue out of my aquarium and when I was keeping fish at the Start I found that like very, very confusing, because a lot of people saying you only needed to do water changes once a day. Look. I don’t really have a problem with a lot of people doing water changes frequently as long as they’re not tampering with too much of the stuff inside the aquarium. So I wouldn’t recommend going in with a big back in siphoning out all the stuff in it, because substrate holds a really large amount of the beneficial bacteria in your aquarium.
So I would recommend doing that, but I definitely recommend upping some water changes and that’s simply what I would do so look. I hope this video helped you out cloudy waters kind of one of those things for me where there’s no simple fix and I wouldn’t recommend adding chemicals and stuff like that to your aquarium. My fix is gonna be doing just frequent water changes and this issue should go away. So I hope you guys learned something today. I hope I could help you fix your issue.