12-01-2011, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Jill90
I do not think it is matter from the tap water, because within the first hour or two of changing the water it was clear and then about 6 hours later when I got home it was cloudy. So I'm guessing its a bacterial bloom.
Any suggestions on what should be done? It says to just leave it and it will fix itself and to get rid of the cause. But I do not think there was a cause besides that I messed up the balance by overcleaning. I hope at least...I would hate for anything bad to happen now!
I suspect you are correct. And it is not harmful, since you have plants. The bacterial bloom can cause an increase in ammonia of course, but the plants can easily handle this as it is not major. Oxygen gets consumed by the bacteria, but here again the plants help out. Assuming the cloudiness is not opaque so that you can't see through the tank, I would just leave it. Observe the fish to see if there are signs of heavy respiration, staying closer to the top than normal, gasping, etc. Increase aeration if these signs are present. Chances are they won't be.
I have a bacterial cloudiness that comes and goes in my 115g, ever since I replaced the substrate with sand. It took weeks, then suddenly became crystal clear overnight. That lasted for a couple weeks until I put some aragonite in the filter (to increase GH a tad, my old dolomite had given out), and its been slightly cloudy ever since. i also cleaned the filter then, probably had something to do with it.