[RML] Water Clarity

Larry Stein (lstein at ids2.idsonline.com)
Tue, 28 Jan 1997 12:53:24 -0500

Here is a topic I am sure has been discussed before but since I an a newby
to this group I feel it necessary to ask the question.

I have a 90 gallon rainbow community tank populated with about 20 rainbows
and some basic bottom feeders, a lot of 'growing" plants and what I feel
should be more than enough filtration.

I am using a Bio-wheel 300 an under gravel filter with 402 power heads and
a fluval 303 all on a 90 gallon tank and my water is still almost always
cloudy. The water always has this whitish tint to it, and no matter what I
do it never completely clears up.
Does anyone have any clue as to why?

My water chemistry is PH 7.2, Nitrite 0, nitrate 0, ammo 0, my substrate is
basic course sand and I vacuum the gravel every other week and do a water
change of at least 20% every week. I do feed my extended family 2 times a
day and their diet is probably better than mine as I give them a huge
variety over the course of the week. (flake, krill, brine shrimp, worms,
mosquito larvae etc...)

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance Larry