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Old 02-24-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
 
Unhappy Cloudy Water

My tank has been running for a few days and just started to get cloudy. There is no fish in the tank. Would this be an bacteria bloom and is good? Or should i be looking for something else?

Unlike my previous post I now have the water parameters...

PH=0
Soft water
no ammonia, nitrate, or nitrite
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
 
i had the same thing happn, its the new tank syndrom. it will go away
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
 
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What method are you using to cycle the tank? and what size is the tank?

If you do not know about cycling...read this article
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:24 AM   #4
 
I have a 75 gallon tank. No fish yet. Byron has recommended at a cycling process which I'm going to try by adding a few fish at a time that can tolerate the cycling process of a period of weeks-months. Its actually in another thread I started about cycling questions. I was sure if the cloudiness was part of it or not so i figure I'd post before trying to do anything since i figured it was just a bacteria bloom but wanted to be sure.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
 
adding fish slowly can help.. and with the water changes once a week it helps also. :D

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:39 AM   #6
 
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It might be coming from the substrate, did you wash it thoroughly prior to adding it to the tank?

Personally I always use fishless cycling with pure ammonia, I would do fish in cycling if the tank was going to be planted.
Plants are extremely good at taking out ammonia, nitrites.
Am not questioning Byron in any way but I would rather not cause the fish to go through the cycling process even hardy fish. Long term ammonia and nitrite reduce their lifespan. Done right though and slowly it can work with good effect.
With pure ammonia as well, high dosing ammonia creates a massive amount of bacteria, likely more than you will ever produce from the fish alone. I fully stocked my 75g tank with all the fish after cycling, all fish added the same day, there was never any ammonia spike at all. Never has been in the tank.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:52 AM   #7
 
I plan on adding plants once I get a few fish. I don't want to stall the cycle by adding plants to soon.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:54 AM   #8
 
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I would never recommend cycling with fish unless the tank is fairly well planted on day 1 or at least before the first few fish go in. And start with the "hardiest" of the intended fish, always something you want to keep in the aquarium. Then a few fish building slowly. Just to clear that up.

As for the cloudiness, this is normal. I get bacterial blooms in every new tank, some last a day or two, some have gone on for weeks. You can read more on why here, there is a section on blooms:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-74891/

Main thing is to ride these out; water changes make them worse, as is explained in the article.

You said pH is 0, don't follow that.

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Old 02-24-2012, 11:59 AM   #9
 
Omg im sorry

Ph= 7!!!!!!
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Im sure if it were 0 my hand would dissolve or I would at the least have a chemical burn !!
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