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post #1 of 6 Old 07-16-2010, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Cloudy Water...

I have cloudy water in my tank and I have no idea why...
When I test the water everything that needs to be 0 is 0 or very close to 0. I added water clarifier earlier today and nothing has happened.
How do I get the cloudiness to go away?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-16-2010, 01:24 AM
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I have cloudy water in my tank and I have no idea why...
When I test the water everything that needs to be 0 is 0 or very close to 0. I added water clarifier earlier today and nothing has happened.
How do I get the cloudiness to go away?

Welcome , Some more information about your tank would be helpful.
What size tank?, what type of filter?,how long has tank been running?, are there fish in the tank?., what type of substrate?
Many things can cause cloudy water. Bacteria blooms,alage blooms,poor or undersized filtration or dirty filter material, gravel or sand that perhaps was not rinsed enough,and or excess waste from fish or fish foods.
Often times ,water changes can help but not always ,depending on the cause.
Some causes are natural occurrence in newly set up tanks ,and others require our attention to correct. More information about your tank including numbers of fish and frequency of feedings would be helpful.
Also would help to know exact readings for ammonia,nitrites,and nitrAtes.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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Welcome , Some more information about your tank would be helpful.
What size tank?, what type of filter?,how long has tank been running?, are there fish in the tank?., what type of substrate?
Many things can cause cloudy water. Bacteria blooms,alage blooms,poor or undersized filtration or dirty filter material, gravel or sand that perhaps was not rinsed enough,and or excess waste from fish or fish foods.
Often times ,water changes can help but not always ,depending on the cause.
Some causes are natural occurrence in newly set up tanks ,and others require our attention to correct. More information about your tank including numbers of fish and frequency of feedings would be helpful.
Also would help to know exact readings for ammonia,nitrites,and nitrAtes.

The tank is a 2 gallon hex tank with an undergravel filter. I've been looking to upgrade, just hasn't happened yet. =/ The tanks been running for 3 or 4 months. Fish are in the tank: 1 Molly, 1 guppy, 1 otocinclus. And as for the substrate, it's just gravel.
I feed my fish once a day. Little pinches until they won't eat anymore.

Nitrites: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 20 ppm
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The tank is a 2 gallon hex tank with an undergravel filter. I've been looking to upgrade, just hasn't happened yet. =/ The tanks been running for 3 or 4 months. Fish are in the tank: 1 Molly, 1 guppy, 1 otocinclus. And as for the substrate, it's just gravel.
I feed my fish once a day. Little pinches until they won't eat anymore.

Nitrites: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 20 ppm
Under gravel filters work well but sometimes allow gunk to gather under the filter plate. A small hand held syphon can help to remove this gunk. When you perform water change,, just push the syphon down into the gravel and try and do this over one half the bottom and then the other half at next water change.
Small tanks are much harder to maintain water quality in than larger tanks for they don't have the dilution capability due to smaller volume of water.
Is good that you are looking to upgrade, this will make things easier and provide fishes with much more suitable enviornment. Would not expect the molly to be very comfortable in 2 gal hex tank, and Otocinclus do much better in groups of five or more which your present tank does not allow.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-18-2010, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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I'll have to try that. Thank you. I'm new to fishkeeping and still trying to figure things out. I keep telling my mom that a 10g or 15g tank would be slightly easier to maintain, but she doesn't believe me. =/
Thanks for all the help.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-18-2010, 10:51 AM
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I have a coment on something in your first post I spotted, to do with water clarifiers. Please don't use these. Most of them work by binding together minute particles so the filter can then trap them and thus clear the water. Fine, except the chemicals in the clarifier also gets in the fish's gills and binds those, like glue sticking the gill filaments together. The fish is highly stressed by this, and if severe enough can suffocate.

Cloudy water is always caused by something, and the solution is to find what that is and deal with it. 1077 has led you on that path. I only wanted to comment on the clarifier.

Byron.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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