04-10-2011, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by aunkster
set my tank up 3 days ago ,put in cycle and added as directed,started filtration and it remained clear untill this morning now its cloudy .
Is this normal.
I have no fish yet.
Do you have test kits for pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate? You can always bring water samples to pet stores to get tested but it's so much easier when you have the test kits yourself at home and you can monitor the cycle of the tank yourself. Have you read up on cycling processes?* I knew nothing about the cycling process either until I came on here. I set up my tank 5 weeks ago myself. Anyway for the test kits, get the API liquid test kits, not the strips, as they are highly inaccurate. I used nutrafin cycle myself at first and it didn't work at all. Some people say cycling products work, some say they don't. I think it depends on how old the bottle is. If it's been on the shelf for a while it does nothing because the bacteria is dead. I think that's what happened for me. As for the cloudiness, that is common in new tanks. Give it a few days to a week or so and overnight you'll see it should clear right up. However it is bound to happen again during the cycling process because it is caused from bacterial blooms. Water changes probably won't clear it up, it just clears up on its own. Here is an article you should read on cycling, it is very helpful. Once you read it you'll decide whether you want to do "fish-less cycling" or "fish-in cycling." Good luck and post on here once you get your readings as everyone will be able to assist you better. Good luck!
Last edited by whitecloud34; 04-10-2011 at 11:37 AM..