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JazmyneW
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Water cloudy a bit
« on: November 09, 2010, 07:17:57 PM »

when i got my new tank, i filled it with water and let the filter sit in the tank for what i was told, and it was clear. after we put in the fish(3) and the gravel decoration and plant, the next day it seems already cloudy. is it supposed to be? its not terribly cloudy, like barely, because its still clear, just not as crystal clear than when it was empty. is it just because of everything in it? and the lighting maybe?
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Mindemae
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Re: Water cloudy a bit
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 07:37:00 PM »

Water will become cloudy as your tank goes through the first stages of the nitrogen cycle.  Ammonia this time will probably spike as new good bacteria are looking for a home in your tank....hence the cloudiness appearance.  after the bacteria multiply enough to "eat" the ammonia they will then produce nitrites----->which will eventually turn into nitrates.
ammonia and nitrites in an established tank should always read zero on your tests.  Both are harmful to some degree.  Nitrates 40 ppm and below are not harmful at all.  Smiley
In other words your tank is still in the first stages of cycling.  In a few days to a few weeks after the tank is completely cycled, the cloudiness will disappear. Smiley
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JazmyneW
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Re: Water cloudy a bit
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 07:40:21 PM »

ok thank you. my bf was worried he was all like oh no are they okay it seems cloudy, so thnk you.
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Re: Water cloudy a bit
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 07:57:01 PM »

Just keep doing water tests and if the ammonia is high or the nitrites then do water changes as necessary. Smiley
Adding a beneficial bacteria right to your filter media will also help the tank to cycle quicker.  I use Stresszyme by API.
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Re: Water cloudy a bit
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 03:07:40 AM »

It might be cloudy if you didn't clean the gravel completely as well, it's harder than you'd think actually. Sometimes it feels like no matter how carefully you clean it, you end up having some dust from it floating around in the water!!

But I'm pretty certain it has to do with cycling in a larger degree Smiley Did you buy a test kit for the parameters needed?
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Re: Water cloudy a bit
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 03:51:20 AM »

A tank needs to cycle before adding fish, otherwise the fish are stressed.
Also it would be easier to add one fish at the time, because the filter is not established yet and cannot coap with the bioload of 3 fish at once because the beneficial bacteria are not settled in such a short period of time.

To help with this there is a fantastic product available it is called STABILITY and it helps to avoid "new tank syndrome" It is beneficial bacteria and should be added  according to bottle instructions.
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Re: Water cloudy a bit
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2010, 01:49:22 AM »

I totally agree and would definitely recommend using Stability to cycle a new aquarium. Smiley
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Re: Water cloudy a bit
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2010, 07:22:33 AM »

You could also look for a product by Easy Life called "fluid filter media". It helps the fish recover from small infections as well as prevent them Smiley It's an awesome thing in a bottle! Cheesy
And it was really cheap and lasts long! I bought a big bottle for... maybe 17, and I've had it ever since I set up the big tank of mine, I'm using at least 30ml per week! Grin
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