07-04-2012, 07:06 PM
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If the cloudiness is due to dirt in the sand, it will settle. Partial water changes will lessen it. However, a bacterial bloom is also usual in new tanks, or those with new substrate and such, and this has to simply work through; partial water changes will worsen this, as the tap water contains a lot of microscopic organics that the bacteria will multiply quickly to grab, thus the cloudiness. It can take a few days to several weeks. Fortunately, neither type is harmful to fish or plants. |
Run the filter, the cloudiness is not "sand" which could harm the filter but microscopic dirt or bacteria, neither of which will be trouble.
Well thats got ME a little les streessed to know it's not harmfull to my fish/plants. I also have noticed since i turned the filter back on(30min after my first post) it has cleared up a lot still cloudy buy can see everything pretty good now. Thanks on all the tips and advice on the sand switch, guess no matter how long you take trying to clean it your going to miss some lol