Everybody loves a clean, crystal clear aquarium. When your water gets cloudy it can be very frustrating. Well, don’t worry you too can clear it- but you have to be patient. The following steps should be done in the order listed for they are increasingly more time consuming -and costly- as you go down the list. You can do the steps in any order, or all at once if you want the fastest results.
Step 1- Change 25% of Your Aquarium Water
The first and easiest thing to do -to uncloud the water- is to remove 25% of the water plus the water that has been evaporated. You may need a 5 gallon bucket. The best way is get a calculator and type in how many gallons you have and multiply it by .25- and you’ll get the exact number of gallons you need. Now once the water is removed add the 25% and the evaporated water back in; being sure to add 10 ml of de-chlorinator for every 50 gallons.
Step 2- Buy New Filtration Media
After a week’s time -if the water is still cloudy- then I will recommend you change all of the filtration materials. Please be sure to leave one filtration cartridge inside with the beneficial bacteria for up to one week -before removing and replacing it.
Step 3- Buy Algone
If after another week it is still cloudy, go buy Algone. It is great product I used 2 packs for 200 gallons -even though I only have 80 gallons- and it helped me clear it up in a week’s time.
Step 4- Remove or Clean All of Your Aquarium Gravel
So if all the three steps have not worked this is your last resort. The most time consuming, but possibly most effective method is to completely remove all of the gravel in the aquarium; and then you can rinse and clean it outside in a bucket. Or you can at this time clean all of it inside the aquarium -if you have a vacuum siphon cleaner or a battery powered cleaner. Now this is recommended especially if you don’t clean the gravel every month or so; one of the good things to do is to clean gravel monthly; if you don’t do this it may build up with garbage and cloud the aquarium water.
My Own Experience
I will mention that I used all of these methods and on step 4 I removed about 1/2 of my gravel and in exactly a week’s time -using all the four steps- my water went from a cloudy, soupy muck, to crystal clear clarity. It wasn’t without extreme frustration though; you have to hang in there.
If you do those 4 steps all together your water should be clean again.