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post #1 of 9 Old 08-11-2009, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Cloudy water??

My son has a 5 gal tank. Had it about 3 months with no probs. But now, the tank is cloudy. any idea what changed? Or how to get it back to "normal"

only thing that has changed was that 6 weeks ago he got a zebra tetras (?) and it must have been pregnant because two weeks we had baby fish all around. I assume they are egg layers???

We have a sucker fish, a black molly, a ghost shrimp, a tetras, and now 8 babies.

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-11-2009, 05:32 PM
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My son has a 5 gal tank. Had it about 3 months with no probs. But now, the tank is cloudy. any idea what changed? Or how to get it back to "normal"

only thing that has changed was that 6 weeks ago he got a zebra tetras (?) and it must have been pregnant because two weeks we had baby fish all around. I assume they are egg layers???

We have a sucker fish, a black molly, a ghost shrimp, a tetras, and now 8 babies.

Thanks


based on the info i can gather from your post, it may be the tank "cycleing" which means all kinds of "good bacteria" is just out floating in the water feeding on the "bad stuff" id say give it another 2-3 weeks and it will clear up. but if you can post any more info would be awsome.

what kind of filter?
changed water lately?
how many new fish did you add at once
do you perform water tests?*
*if you do what are the parameters


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post #3 of 9 Old 08-12-2009, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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What kind of filter? Just a normal cotton/charcoal type. Nothing fancy since it is a small tank
Yes, we actually sucked out 75% of the old water and put in new. We do this about every 4-6 weeks.
No new fish except the babies. But I wouldn't think they would cause it.
We tested the water when we first set the tank up. (let it cycle for 2 weeks) Took some water to Uncle Bill's and all was good. But have not since.
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hello and welcome,to you and your son. :)
perhaps change the charcole in the filter,after a time it is said to leech back
into the water all that it has removed.
i replace mine every month.
a tank will take longer than that to cycle unless some nice person gave you some
stuff from a mature tank.
for your own benifit and fun to learn for the little man,a test kit would be good.
we here tend to go for the API liquid test kit.
the problem with the fish stores they often tend to say "yeah the waters fine"
and the truth is.........it's really not.
do you use a dechlorinator when you change the water ?
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-12-2009, 01:17 PM
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sounds like your tank may be going through its cycle, or as will,ow said the filter is leeching all that it absorbed back into the tank. if you look on walmart.com and look under their pets tab and then click fish look for a freshwater master test kit 17.00 US. when your local pet shop is probobly gunna ask 35 and up for the same thing just diffrent name. i have used them before and they work the same.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-12-2009, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. Yes, when we change the water, we also change the filter charcoal and cotton. I wonder if I did not use enough cotton or charcoal to trap the yuck.

Also, our sucker fish, a plecostomus? has REALLY grown. We got him around 1 inch long since it is a smaller/starter tank. This thing in 3 or so months has grown to be a good 6 inches long? And the thing poops sooooo much. I'm talking poop that is attached to it, stays attached, and has to be a good 12 inches folded over in the tank?

Is this all normal? the amount of poop, the growing of the fish, etc?

Thanks for your help!!!!
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Thanks guys. Yes, when we change the water, we also change the filter charcoal and cotton. I wonder if I did not use enough cotton or charcoal to trap the yuck.

Also, our sucker fish, a plecostomus? has REALLY grown. We got him around 1 inch long since it is a smaller/starter tank. This thing in 3 or so months has grown to be a good 6 inches long? And the thing poops sooooo much. I'm talking poop that is attached to it, stays attached, and has to be a good 12 inches folded over in the tank?

Is this all normal? the amount of poop, the growing of the fish, etc?

Thanks for your help!!!!
oooo man that pleco can grow like 3 feet long if its just one of those common ones. dont quote me on the three feet but i gurantee he will get atleast a foot long atleast. you may have to get a larger tank maybe a 10, 20 or even 30. aquariuams are like crack VERY ADDICTING :D
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-13-2009, 12:08 PM
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now that i see you have a common pleco in a 5 gallon, i think we can say the problem is the pleco and his poop........These fish need at the least a 55 (some will say larger) to live in........The pooping and rapid growth is typical of the species, and in a 5 gallon he will foul your water rather quickly........I suggest you try to rehome him or buy a larger tank, if that is an option...........IMO, once you have the pleco out of the tank, the cloudiness shold stop......
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-13-2009, 03:23 PM
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ouch lol large plec in a little tank,he will be your problem,
yes the poop is like that,that's the way they are,my plecs are the same.
i agree that if you are able to buy a much larger tank,he would benifit,
if not,them i'm sorry to say you need to rehome him.
i think also that if you are changing everything concerning the filter,you are creating
"new tank syndrome" everytime.
changing the carbon regulary is fine,however i would say that only change half
the amount of filter floss,the problem is that you are getting rid of all the benificial bacteria
in there,and new stuff needs to grow each time,this will cause stress to the fish,
and can give the cloudy effect too.
hope i've not waffled on too much.
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