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post #1 of 5 Old 06-29-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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cloudy water no fish

ok just set up my 10 gal aquarium about 5 days ago. it was brand new and i put the jungle complete water care kit. problem was i read the directions wrong and put too much in. anyway it dissolved in the water...water turned blue then by morning was cleared up. then it went cloudy. there is nothing in there but water and rocks. got the filter going and its just getting cloudier. anyway its been about 5 days and the water is so cloudy that i cant really see the back of the tank. im pretty sure its just a bacterial bloom that i keep reading about but is there something else it could be or a way i can speed up the process...ive been waiting a few months to get an aquarium and i really want to get this going. im prob gonna put some guppies and maybe a catfish or something like that. freshwater only no goldfish. any advice would be greatly appriciated
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-29-2013, 12:10 PM
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That has a ph buffer type thing in it right? I don't ever like anything chemical that adjusts PH. If you don't have a test kit for your water perams go ahead and get the API liquid one and test the water. Personally I would do a 50-80% water change and use Prime as a water conditioner then keep doing that till it clears more. I think you'd be safe to do a fish in cycle with a guppy or two but not the catfish.
Sorry, I've never used that kit... If transfering BB isn't an option I would just finish out your cycle with a fish, frequent water testing and water changes.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-29-2013, 01:31 PM
I would agree that a substantial water change (or even a complete redo) is in order. If you need a conditioner, I suggest Seachem Prime. You might add one of the many beneficial bacteria products like Dr. Tim's One and Only, Tetra SafeStart, API QuikStart or Seachem Stabilitly. Alternatively, as mentioned, you could use used filter material or substrate from a healthy established tank. Start out with just a couple of fish and monitor your water. To learn more about the N2 cycle, read this:

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-29-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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thanks, if its avaialble at walmart then ill get what i can. thats about all i have available to me. was thinking about changing some of the water anyway
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-30-2013, 11:03 AM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

My only addition to what has been suggested is when in doubt use less rather than more chemicals. In other words, if you cannot find the specific products mentioned, it is usually better not to try a substitute. Some of these things do more harm than good, unfortunately. And we all need to remember that every substance added to an aquarium, no matter what it is, is adding chemicals and total dissolved solids, and these do affect fish to varying degrees. The more "natural" one can be in a fish tank, the better and safer, generally speaking.


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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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