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    Default Can't seem to shake off new tank syndrome

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    Hi all, my first time posting in a fish community forum. About a month ago i received a 55 gallon tank with a stand. I am currently using the heater and filter that was included with the tank. I jumped the gun and put in fish before the nitrogen cycle could even get started. The fish are all still alive, except for a few that got sucked into the filter(RIP lil fishies). I have two angelfish, four glow tetras, two mollies, 3 catfish, 2 pictus catfish, one black fin shark, one rainbow fin shark, two plecos, one peacock gobi, and one yellow-spine eel(i think that's what it is called). I also have 4 potted plants. Anyways, my problem is that i cannot seem to shake the new tank syndrome. The water will not clear up. I tested the waters and the nitrates and ammonia levels are safe, the water is quite hard and my ph is a bit high(although my fish seem to have adjusted and are quite happy). I do 25% water changes once a week, but this week i did a 50% to see if it would help a bit more. It helped a bit, but the water is still cloudy. I have not really tried chemicals, but i tried a filter medium called "chemi-pure" that was supposed to clear up the waters but it did not help much. Can't think of any more details to provide, but if i'm missing some do tell! I'll include a current picture. Any tips and info will help. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
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    You may be underfiltered without enough space for heterotrophic bacteria to grow and consume organic compunds from decaying fish waste and uneaten food.

    What type of filters do you have?

    how much and how often do you feed the fish?

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    looks like an aqueon filter... or something close to it. I would suggest investing in a better filter first off. Something like an Emperor400, an aquaclear 70, or a fluval C4. You'll get much better filtering power and a better bio setup.

    Also, be patient... keep up on your water changes. Though I would suggest a larger weekly water change. I've had new tanks take a couple weeks and some that take a couple months... Avoid the chemicals. You dont need them. Save the money.
    Angel breeder wanna-be

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    I think this is bacterial bloom. If there are no ammonia/nitrite reading I'd wait with waterchanges for the heterotrophic bacteria to have their meal. Patience will clear it up.
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