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How to Fix Cloudy Water in an Aquarium (Easiest Method)

hey how's it going everyone welcome back

to keep it simple so in today's video

we're going to be talking about how you

get rid of cloudy water in your aquarium

so I addressed this in a video quite a

long time ago and I just watched that

video and there's a few things that I

kind of like to mention in between me

watching that video and what I've said

in it so in today's video 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

so I'm actually staring out to the end

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you and without any further ado let's

get started okay so 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 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 more new and basically what has to

happen is that's to be like a southern

dose of nutrients available to bacterias

for them to suddenly bloom and these

bacterias bloom in a 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's too many nutrients

available for those bacteria to use and

grow and overpopulate and then you have

a huge cloud of bacteria so and my

second thing that I've noticed over the

past 7 years of keeping fish to course

bailing water is 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 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

dusts 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 and 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 kind 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

really common things that can happen

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 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 and in 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 Meyer Chrome's if you want to

know why there's a video up here you

guys can go through and watch and I'll

completely explain it I'm not that big

on filtration I normally rely on a lot

of little bacterias 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

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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 fitness center day and

this issue should go away so I hope you

guys learned something today I hope I

could help you fix your issue I'll see

you guys in the next video