if anyone could please help me. I have has my new/used 80 galloon tank up for about a little less then 3 months now and it will not clear. I don't think it is a bacteria bloom because that water is usually a whitish color and mines a yellowish to brownish color. I do not know what to do. When I test the water everything comes out fine except the pH and the hardness it is high, but I thought that was okay with cichlids? Then I started thinking well maybe it was my Texas Wholely Rock I have in the tank. It was one big piece and I had my father cut it into smaller pieces. Maybe the particles off of thoses pieces are doing this. I don't know? If anyone has any ideas how to fixes this please let me know. Thank You all.
Just to let you know I have an Eheim 2215, that came with the tank (new media in it, with two home made cardon bags at the top) and a top water skimer (has little basket at the time to hold media in, but no cardon in it).
The most common water change amount/frequency among cichlid keepers is 50% weekly. Your fish will be extremely healthy with fresh clean water as long as you match the parameters as closely as possible. Cichlidaholic is giving you great advice.
Ich is not caused by fresh water. There are a lot of theories, but the one that seems to be held by a lot of fishkeepers these days is it is common after too large of a temperature change (especially a drop). When you do your water change, match the temperature of the fresh water to within 1-2 degrees of the water that is already in the tank.