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Cloudy water and bacteria?

Posted By: darian <eeyore7@lanset.com>
Date: Monday, 22 May 2000, at 10:31 p.m.

I really appreciate this board. I'm learning a lot. Since I guess I've won my ich battle (I think), I've also started having some cloudy water problems (maybe bacterial blooms?). I tried the solutions used to cause particles to bind into larger particles with no help. I'm worried about whether whatever is clouding the wateris harmful to the fish (bad bacteria?). I'm also trying to keep the temperature up (around 85*) to make sure the ich doesn't come back. Will the high temperatures help or hinder the cloudy water? Hurt the fish? Will salt help? If so, how much. (30 gal tank) There seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions on some things, so I guess that's why a newbie like me can get confused. I have 3 gouramis, 1 pitcus (used to have 2, but lost 1: not sure if heat, salt or ich got him. I never saw any ich spots on him), a large pleco and 2 clowns. I have been doing a 30% water change every other day to try to control the cloudiness without being sure that it was wise or not. Any advice would be appreciated. There's a lot more to this than getting some fish and a tank - huh? But, I guess you guys know that!

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