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post #1 of 4 Old 06-30-2012, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Cloudy tank help.

I'm having the same problem my Tank is cycled I tried keeping the lights off and not feeding for a few days to try and reduce waste in the water and keepnamonia levels down and stop algae by that time the ammonia tested zero and thenwater was crystal clear but a few daysafter but ammonia levels are still at zero just cloudy imnaboutnto do an50% water changenvacvume the gtavel and rinse the filters it will make it cloudyer but as soon as the debris clears hopefully it will be clearnagain
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-30-2012, 11:17 AM
your tank isn't fully cycled.this is why you do a 50% water change n vacume the gravel and rinse the filters.
what you should do if you change the water 50% is to suck up debris above the not disturb the gravel.if your gonna rinse the filters use the tank water you siphoned out.
this saves the bacteria your gonna need to change the ammonia to nitrite and then to nitrate.once ammonia and nitrite reads 0 and you have a nitrate reading of about 10 your tank is fully cycled and you wont have any other issues

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post #3 of 4 Old 06-30-2012, 11:28 AM
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Cloudy water has absolutely nothing to do with a cycle. The white cloudy/milky water is just a bacterial bloom that happens in almost all new tanks. It will not harm anything, and it will go away on its own so nothing to worry about.

If it's green, that would be a sign of 'green water' which is algae in the water column. That's not common, but can happen if there is too much light & nutrients. If that's the case let us known and we can help you solve that problem.

As always with new tanks, keep your eye on the Ammonia and Nitrite (with an i) levels to ensure they are both 0 ppm.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-30-2012, 11:33 AM
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I moved this out of an old thread on a similar cloudy water topic from 2011.

Oscar fish, can you tell us how long this tank has been set up, the tank size (gallons), the fish in it, and do you have live plants? What is the substrate? Also, have you tested for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? What is the pH and temperature? How often do you do water changes, and what volume are they?

And welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.


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