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post #1 of 4 Old 01-22-2012, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Cloudy water......again?

My water went cloudy......again?
specs-25 gallon tank, ammonia 0, Nitrites 1.6, PH 7.0, Fsh- 3 glow light tetras and 1 guppy(with the nitrites so high don't want to add anymore fish yet)
My tank has been running since early Nov. and I've been batteling high Nitrite levels for about 6 weeks now, I've been doing daily water changes(20%) and using prime conditioner. My Nitrites got as high as 3.3 ppm, but today they are down to 1.6, but my water got cloudy again? This first happened about after the first week I put fish in the tank, I just don't understand why it would go cloudy again? I know cloudy water usally has to do with a bacteria bloom, but it already happened? So why would it happen again?? Any ideas?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-23-2012, 12:56 PM
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Bacterial blooms can occur anytime, set off by many things. I usually see them in new tanks, lasting for several weeks sometimes. But I do have one tank that gets this periodically. I don't worry because it doesn't bother the fish. Your nitrite is a different issue, and may or may not be related.

Just to clarify one thing, is the tap water itself (like in a large jar) cloudy?

Are there live plants, and if so, which species?

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re 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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post #3 of 4 Old 01-23-2012, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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No the tap water is clear, As of today my NitrItes are finally at 0 . Yes I have live plants, I have 4 Java ferns. The water is still cloudy though.
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Java Fern is slow growing to it will assimilate nutrients (I was thinking of ammonia before nitrite previously) slower.

When a bacterial bloom occurs, I just wait it out. Additional water changes will worsen it. Your tank is only two months running, so it is likely the substrate is not yet biologically established. As long as the fish are showing no signs of trouble, I would let it settle.

Sometimes the substrate can cause cloudiness, esp sand, and some gravels seem worse. Just mentioning other possibilities. And the obvious things like cleaning the filter if it is a canister or external, my tanks are usually less than clear for 1-2 weeks after this.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re 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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