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Cloudy water, please help..
Old 01-22-2010, 04:38 AM   #1
 
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Hey guys,

I have a problem with cloudy tank water now, just WC around 50% of the water the other day and changed my carbon, but it never goes away.

It started when i introduced some java moss into my tank. I attach it to 2 rocks (size of a baby's palm) and a few days later, i notice that the water is cloudy.

Why it happens?
And what is the solution to it?

Any inputs is much appreciated.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:51 AM   #2
 
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Hey guys,

I have a problem with cloudy tank water now, just WC around 50% of the water the other day and changed my carbon, but it never goes away.

It started when i introduced some java moss into my tank. I attach it to 2 rocks (size of a baby's palm) and a few days later, i notice that the water is cloudy.

Why it happens?
And what is the solution to it?

Any inputs is much appreciated.
Did the plant come with some stuff around the roots to keep it "fresh"? Sometimes they come with gel or foamy stuff that would def make your water cloudy. Have you done water changes before with no resulting cloudiness? Are there fish currently in the tank?
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:28 AM   #3
 
Yes, i have done WC before it has no problems. And yes there are fishes in the tank and they are all eating happily. What causes the cloudiness? I dont see any gel like stuff and i even rinse them before i attach them.
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:56 AM   #4
 
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How long has this tank been set up & running?

Is it white/ milky looking cloudiness?

Sounds like a bacteria bloom to me, veryyyy common in newish set ups and will vanish, mostly over night, once tank is stable. Often occurs as well if you mess with your filter wayyy too much and the bacteria can't establish in a proper amount.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:04 AM   #5
 
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Yes, it does resemble the color which you describe. milky white during the lights are on and a bit of green hue when the lights are off. how long does it takes for it clear up?

It has been set up for 2 months now. will it affect the fishes inside?

What do i need to do to help to clear the water? Please enlighten me..
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:43 AM   #6
 
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Bacteria Blooms does not affect fish at all...only your eyes

I hate to be the one breaking this down now...but B. blooms can take anywhere from 2 weeks to few months really. And the more you "do" eg on your filter pads the longer it'll take.

So keep up weekly water changes of 30-50% dep on your stock and tank size; always use a good water conditioner like Prime or Aquasafe. ONLY touch the filter if your pads are clogged and then only get the big stuff off by rinsing it out in a bucket of tank water and only do 1 pad at a time (dep on how many you have in there).

And just test your water make sure you have no NO2, NO3 or Ammonia peaks any more.

Then unfortunately its down to your patience...I know it sucks, I'll be the first to admit it cause I have one of my tanks going like this too, but that's how it goes sometimes.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:55 PM   #7
 
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Angel is right about the patience thing!!just take a deep breath and accept it...I too have a "mystery" tank,and now i just keep the fish I started with in it,and let them breed to fill it! But,when I am about to change my filter pad...if it is a single pad filter system,I put a second pad in the back of the original pad (if there's room!) for about a week,maybe 2,to let it accumulate some residual bacteria from the old(seasoned) pad. Then take the old pad out. If the exterior wrap (containing the charcoal) is still good,I then just change the charcoal stuff out instead of putting in a new pad! But still,as Angel says...patience...ARG!!!!
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:10 PM   #8
 
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Angel is right about the patience thing!!just take a deep breath and accept it...I too have a "mystery" tank,and now i just keep the fish I started with in it,and let them breed to fill it! But,when I am about to change my filter pad...if it is a single pad filter system,I put a second pad in the back of the original pad (if there's room!) for about a week,maybe 2,to let it accumulate some residual bacteria from the old(seasoned) pad. Then take the old pad out. If the exterior wrap (containing the charcoal) is still good,I then just change the charcoal stuff out instead of putting in a new pad! But still,as Angel says...patience...ARG!!!!
Why are you using charcoal on you tank?
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:11 PM   #9
 
OK, noted, will do regular water changes and ohh gosh.. wait.. thanks for everything again..
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:31 PM   #10
 
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Bacteria Blooms does not affect fish at all...only your eyes
I have to disagree with you on that point. Bacteria blooms can seriously deplete your oxygen levels. I've woken up to tanks with sudden blooms with dead fish and the survivors gasping at the surface. For this reason, I recommend immediate large water changes to put some oxygen back in the water right away, along with increased measures to break up the surface of the water, which will allow more O2 to dissolve. Air stones are helpful, as is lowering the water line a bit so your power filter disturbs the surface more.
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