02-08-2008, 12:23 PM
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Cloudy is normal. It will go away. It's a bacteria population explosion associated with the bio-load the fish are putting on the tank. It means your tank is cycling.
Please please buy ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate test kits and learn how to use and interpret them. Buy the liquid testers, not the paper strips. You'll spend like $20 for a full set but they are a necessary tool for fish keeping and will last a long time.
I've seen your other post, you're nervous about fishkeeping and worried you might mess it up. That's cool. The best way not to mess it up is to buy the test kits and monitor water parameters during the cycle. If ammonia/nitrite/nitrate reach levels that are dangerous for your fish, do at least a 25% water change each day until they are down again. Your ammonia is probably high right now, which might kill some fish unless you diagnose and remedy the problem.
My fish bite and spit food all the time. They eat their fill and just play with the rest. Eventually it sinks to the bottom and my catfish get to eat. Kinda gross for the catfish, but it's what bottom feeders do.