Question: Cloudy Tank Won't Clear! Help!

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Hello, all!
So, I have my adult leucistic axolotl, Axel, in a 15 gallon tank that has been cycled and established for over a year. This July while I was out of town I was informed that my tank was starting to look cloudy, and when I got back the same week there was a massive bacterial bloom going on. I did a few partial water changes and made sure the filter wasn't clogged, and after about two weeks the tank became crystal clear again overnight, but only stayed that way for about a week before becoming ridiculously cloudy again. It's now been over a month and the tank is still a nasty-looking, bacterial cloud. In that time my HOB filter stopped working entirely so I had to replace it, and I've also added another Java fern, moss ball, and Indian almond leaf in hopes that it would clear. I made the mistake of doing a 80% water change last month (I got so fed up with the cloudyness), which I'm sure only made it worse, and from there I've been doing 20-25% water changes whenever I detect any traces of ammonia, and dosing with a biological booster.

I have a 55 gallon tank I plan to move Axel into once I move up to Idaho, but that won't be for another several weeks and even then it'll take at least 2 months to cycle the tank before I can move him. So my question is: what on earth am I doing wrong, and is there any way I can get the tank to clear up before too long?

My current tank parameters are 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 10 nitrate, alkalinity at approx. 180 ppm, pH of 7.8, and the temperature is sitting at about 65 degrees.

Here's a photo below what the tank looks like. Just a big, nasty cloud.
 

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At the advice of local aquarium specialists, I did a 90% water change on the tank and from there checked the parameters daily for a week, doing 20% water changes whenever I detected any ammonia. So far it's working and Axel's tank is clearing up!
 

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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    The second image was how it looked the first time, it was mixed with some other poop like stuff. after that its been small and without the poopy stuff
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  • madcaplaughs:
    The second photo looks reminiscent of partially-digested worms, though I've never seen anything like that. Have you checked your parameters lately?
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    Right now theyre in smaller tubs that i do daily water changes in
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    I'll admit Ive bought test strips but they havent come in yet
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  • MadamePirateOwl:
    I use Prime to dechlorinate the water, which was recommend by the girl I got them from
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  • madcaplaughs:
    For now I'd tub the axolotl and do daily 100% water changes until you're able to test your parameters
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  • madcaplaughs:
    I'd also recommend ordering a liquid test kit such as the API Freshwater Master Test Kit since strips are generally unreliable and inaccurate.
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    Okay, thank you for your help and advice :)
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    Hello! Anyone there right now by chance? I have a couple questions about plants in an axolotl tank.
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    @Chelsea smith, Hi, what questions did you have?
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  • Chelsea smith:
    Hi! I was wondering if anyone knew if java fern, the floaters like frog bit, anubis, and moss balls could be all kept without any substrate with the axies? I have sand right now with an axie who is over a year but we were just testing the waters really but I continously read about a lot of health issues with sand impacting constipation and hiding bad bacteria and such, we just want to make him comfy.
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  • Junaz:
    I don't know about the java ferns, but the moss balls and anything that floats on the surface of the water should be totally fine! I'm not saying the java ferns aren't an option, I just personally don't know if they can live without some sort of substrate
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  • Littlewolf:
    Java ferns actually do better when they are attached to a piece of wood or other decor anyway. Their rhizomes can be easily burried in sand and then they dont grow properly. The others can also be kept without sand no problem.
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  • madcaplaughs:
    @Chelsea smith All of the plants you've listed can be kept without substrate. Plants with rhizomes cannot be submerged in substrate, as burying the rhizome will cause the plant to suffocate and rot. You can pin these plants under on onto decoration, rocks, etc., just be careful that the rhizome is not in substrate. Moss balls and floating plants, naturally, do not need substrate either. Do note that floating plants require a good amount of light.
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  • Paige1warren:
    Hi guys, I have an 11 month old axoltol who is about 9 inches long. She normally is a pig when it comes to food. I switch between pellets and night crawlers, and sometimes blood worms if she had a big meal the day before. Anyways, I went to go feed her a night crawler today, and she wouldn’t eat it! She turned her head and went to the corner. I noticed that when I cut this worm it seems to release a lot more goop then other worms I’ve cut, I tried to wash it off the best I could with cold water. Do you think maybe she didn’t want to eat it because of that? She normally will eat anything in front of her face. Water perimeters are perfectly normal by the way, and temp is at a steady 63 degrees F.
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  • Paige1warren:
    Also, she looks perfectly fine. Tail is straight, gills aren’t curled, no fungus or anything. It’s probably no big deal, it’s just unusual behavior for her so it really caught my eye. Love my girl and want to make sure everything’s ok.
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    Paige1warren: Also, she looks perfectly fine. Tail is straight, gills aren’t curled, no fungus or anything... +1
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