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post #1 of 12 Old 10-03-2010, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon tank is milky cloudy

I have done two water changes. It has been crystal clean for a week and yesterday I wake up and its cloudy. It looks like someone poured a teaspoon of milk in it. I have been using amquel to eliminate the ammonia. I tested the water and there is no nitrite. What could the problem be?

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-03-2010, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone??

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-03-2010, 08:51 PM
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We will need some more information in order to provide a better answer. The tank is a 10g; how long has it been running? What fish are in it? Any plants? When were the two waterchanges you mentioned done, today? How often do you normally do water changes and how much water is changed? I assume Amquel is your water conditioner; is any other substance going in the tank?

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 05:53 AM
if theres no fish in there put active carbon or zeolites to help take away the bad stuff.

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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It has been running for about 3 weeks. I have 3 platties, 1 oto catfish, 3 cardinal tetras, 1 snail, 2 amazon swords, 1 java fern. I use stress coat for the conditioner and amquel just for the ammonia. I usually do waterchanges once a week but it has only been running for a short time.

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a picture


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post #7 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 05:27 PM
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its the piece of wood. what is that? just from outside or something? you should remove it, let it dry completely then coat it with something. or treat it with something. then you can add it back in cause its a nice looking piece.
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 05:28 PM
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its not that cloudy get a pleco.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 06:41 PM
give the active carbon a try and do small water changes till the ammonia goes down

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 06:45 PM
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Cutar, from what you've mentioned and seeing the photo, I am inclined to think this is just a bacteria bloom. Tanks sometimes get this, especially recently set-up (new) tanks. It will dissipate on its own; additional water changes will only worsen it, it has to work its way through.

Weekly water changes are good, every week, regardless of what the water looks like or anything else. Use the conditioner at each water change, and amquel for the ammonia is fine. The plants will use ammonia/ammonium as their preferred source of nitrogen so things should settle. I don't believe there is anything to worry about now.

If it were tannins from the wood, the water would be yellowish-brown, not white. If that is real wood, I would not recommend coating it with anything, that is likely to cause more trouble. Real wood will do no harm, aside from possible tannin colouration for a time, but that is fine for the fish.

Byron.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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