08-13-2007, 08:54 AM
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Re: cloudy water
Originally Posted by assualt911
hey everyone i just setup my 55 gallon fish tank a couple days ago and i put in 4 cichlids, 3 neon teteras, 1 corydora, and a pleco, there all getting along but the water is cloudy. is it maybe form the substrate? i used a clear water chemical, 5 and a half teaspoons of it. im waiting stilll for it to clear up i put it in about 7 hours ago. thanks if help me.
Well first I'll say what everyone else probably will tell you...that the cichlids will eventually kill off the neons and possibly the cory. What kind of cichlids did you get? Neons typically are not good fish to cycle a tank with as they are more sensitive to water quality fluctuations.
As far as the cloudiness, how long ago did you fill the tank up? It could be from substrate but usually you will see fine particles in the water and a flocculant (water clarifier) should clear that up. The other possibility could be from heterotrophic bacteria that are free-swimming and usually bloom in the tank when there is a sudden increase in avilable nutrients. This could be from a messy gravel vac or increased feedings or even just a large water change. Some tap waters have a lot of nutrients in them so even just filling a new tank could result in a temporary bacterial bloom. My suggestion would be to use the water clarifier as instructed and keep feedings down to a minimum to decrease nutrients in the water. Continually test your water to make sure the quality remains good and reconsider your stocking choices.