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White Cloudy Water...what's wrong?
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White Cloudy Water...what's wrong?
August 23, 2001 - 06:33 pm
Ok, I'm asking this qustion for my mom who doesn't have
internet access. She has a 20 gallon freshwater tank, it's been
up and running for 5+ years. Right now it has 1 Chiclid (not
sure what type) who is hue 7-8", and 2 Blue Gouramis 3".
I don't know her water test levels becuase she doesn't test
the water (I'm making her start ASAP). She does a 1/3
- 1/2 water change every 2-3 weeks and adds StressCoat as a dechlorinator.
The problem is, her water always turns milky white after one day!
It's pretty cloudy white throughout, and the top of the water
has a white oil slick on it. What could be causing this? She has
2 filters, one that hangs on the back and one underground. Both
are fairly new. She has a powerhead for the UGF and an addition
airstone for aeration. She does not overfeed. The tank gets maybe
an hour of sunlight a day and she leaves the overhead tank light
on 24-7. I have told her to only leave the light on for 10 hours
max, which she will start doing now.
August 23, 2001 - 06:51 pm
hey tina..way to go telling you mom to kill the lights..7-10 hr.days
max...all that light can cause those types of algea blooms she is
seeing..further,some live food feeding can cause cloudy water and
the film on the water too. tell her to soak up the film with a paper
August 23, 2001 - 11:50 pm
Sounds like the Stresscoat might be causing your problem.
August 23, 2001 - 11:58 pm
I checked with her and she has never fed them live food. She only
feeds dry flake and sometimes shrimp pellets. I use StressCoat in
my tank and have never got oilslicks. Should I expect them?
Now for the really bad news:
The poor Chiclid died this afternoon. He had been living in that
small tank for 2 years. My mom saved him from a friend who had had
him for 5 years before that and didn't want him anymore, He
was going to dump him! So my mom saved him. We all knew the tank
was too small, but at least he found a home. My mom didn't have
the money to buy a whole new tank. It was just so sudden!! He was
fine this morning, eating and swimming about, and then she came
home and he was dead, Very, very sad.
I'm sorry I don't have too many details for you guys. I've
only had my own tank for 2 months But now I am so obsessed in it,
that all I do is read fish books and Badmans all day!! So now i
just have to whip my mom into shape.
By the way, someone suggested to me that it may be her substrate
gravel. But she just has the everyday, normal, generic stuff you
get at PetSmart. That's what I have in my tank too and it hasn't
caused any problems. Plus she's had that gravel for over 10
years!! It was transfered from her old tank.
Any other ideas?
August 24, 2001 - 01:51 am
tina girl..oh so sad for your mom...and say what the cichlid up
and died?...humm you know it's real important to have the right
fish in the right size tank with the right food and the right tankmates
and the right water perameters etc ..etc.. not so simple..I am sorry..
but you know you will probably end up being a good fish keeper because
you care and want to learn through your mistakes..maybe if you give
us some more info on it..and hey MKS..stress coat..well I do not
use that product as it only rids chlorine..I have not heard of any
problems with stress coat and cloudy water perhaps you could enlighten
us with your experience with it...
August 24, 2001 - 07:34 am
Tina the way I figure the Cichlid was at least 7 years old if your
mom had him for two and the person she got him from had him for
5. I know angels average about 10 years life, so 7+ is a pretty
good lifespan for most cichlid. It may have just been old age and
really nothing in the tank that did him in. Higher water temps(fish
more active) can also have a small impact on reducing life spans.
August 25, 2001 - 12:20 am
I have no personal experience with the product Stress-Coat, but
if you go to fishprofiles.com and look in the "Technical Tinkering"
forum, there is a post called Stress-coat, all the stress you need
in a bottle. Some people have apparently experienced oil-slicks.
August 26, 2001 - 12:23 am
There are some out there who vote down Stress Coat for one reason
or another. I have kept fish for more years than I care to mention,
and have never used anything but the Stress Coat. It has done a
wonderful job in keeping my fish and tanks healthy and happy, and
if it would have something to do with the cloudiness and/or oil
slicks, I would tend to believe that it is more a chemical reaction
to the water supplies than the product itself.
August 26, 2001 - 07:16 pm
Just to add my two cents. I believe the "oil slick" on top
of the water is actually protein. Usually it is a sign of either
over-feeding or a sign that there is too much organic waste in the
water(time ot do a water change and/or cut back on feeding).
Generally adding more surface agitation will help break up the protein
and get rid of the slick. The oil slick is generally not harmful.
I know a lot of people say they don't "over feed" but
even if the fish eat all the food, it still doesn't mean you're
not over feeding. If any food at all hits the bottom before the
fish eat it (unless its sinking food) then you're probably
feeding too much. Either that, or your filters/pumps are creating
a large amount of current. Also, even if the fish eat all the food,
consider the frequency of feeding. I've had some people that
were absolutely furious because I said they were over-feeding their
fish. While there fish were eating all the food, they were still
being fed several times a day, which isn't necessary with most
fish. Generally one feeding a day is more than enough.
Also, I've never used stress coat, except when I got free samples
of a similar product with a filter I purchased. During the short
amount of time I used it, I saw no difference between the stress
coat like product, and plain old dechlor.
Finally, I feel that undergravel filters do more harm then good.
WHen used with a reverse flow, they do a very good job, but generally,
people do not use a reverse flow pump, and end up sucking a large
amount of fish wastes and other detritus down into the gravel, where
a nice layer of toxic "crap" forms. Be sure to keep the
gravel fairly clean, and if avoidable, don't use an undergravel
filter. I'd like to go more in depth about my opinions, but
I have to leave now.
August 29, 2001 - 10:52 am
Well, my mom broke the tank down completely, cleaned everything
thoroughly, and has set it back up again. The oil slick is gone
but the water still has a white haze. It's not as opaque as
it was before, but still cloudy. The 2 Blue Gouramis are fine, but
probably very confused at this point. My mom got a new filter cartridge
for the back hanging filter. So now she has to cycle the whole tank
again. But why is it staying white?