Can a low ph cause cloudy water?

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Can a low ph cause cloudy water?

Postby DrewG » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:14 am

Hello

I’ve had cloudy water now for three months, this happened at exactly the same time of year last year and and turned crystal clear over night after four-six weeks.

This year it’s continued to stay cloudy and clutching at straws but wondered if it’s the low ph?

I did add liquid carbon and ferts daily as per the instructions although stopped this a month ago.

Perimeters

07/02/18
Ph 5.5
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5-10
GH 0-50
KH 0-50

25/07/18
PH 3.5 (purchasing another ph test just in case)
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5-10 ppm
GH&Kh 60-80 ppm

Now
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30th May 18
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Re: Can a low ph cause cloudy water?

Postby roger » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:53 pm

Looks like a bacteria bloom, or possibly algae. Any chance you can take a look under a microscope.
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Re: Can a low ph cause cloudy water?

Postby DrewG » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:14 pm

roger wrote:Looks like a bacteria bloom, or possibly algae. Any chance you can take a look under a microscope.


Hi Roger, unfortunately not. I agree with what you’ve said and thinking it may be that my ph is so low that the good bacteria is struggling to survive therefore producing prolonged blooms.

I’ve just put some crushed coral into my external filter so hoping to stabilise my tank at around 6.5, hopefully this will help.



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Re: Can a low ph cause cloudy water?

Postby DrewG » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:29 am

Tank is now again crystal clear after the addition of crushed coral into the filter


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Re: Can a low ph cause cloudy water?

Postby DrewG » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:01 pm

Looking much better
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