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post #1 of 8 Old 08-12-2007, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-13-2007, 08:54 AM
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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.

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-17-2007, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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yeah it was the substrate and it cleared out. i really didnt like the neons at all, they attacked my corydoras fin. Yes, the Lake malawi cichlids have been attacking the neons. i dont really like the neons. i want them to die. lol. but im planning on cleaning the substrate in my 10 gallon and breeding corys with the one i have and sell them to stores as babys. and start affiliating and maybe getting deals from stores. but its all better now.

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Maybe you could just return the neons rather than letting them suffer and eventually die?
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yeah it was the substrate and it cleared out. i really didnt like the neons at all, they attacked my corydoras fin.
Tetras can be nippy and this will naturally happen.
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Yes, the Lake malawi cichlids have been attacking the neons. i dont really like the neons. i want them to die. lol.
I've told you before to remove your neons and get them a new tank for themselves. Lake Malawi and neons are not compatible and never will be. Why do you want them to die? Simply for nipping the corydoras?

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i dont really like the neons. i want them to die.
May be time to update that sig to something along the lines of "i <3 most fish"...

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-18-2007, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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yeah pretty much lupin lol.

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-18-2007, 10:29 PM
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fish are pets. just like anyother animal- and they are all living things. please take others advice and re-locate the neons rather than hoping they suffer...

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