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post #1 of 4 Old 02-25-2011, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Cloudy water and Stringyness?!!

Hi guys, I set up my tank about 3 weeks ago to the day, been using the filter start which came with it (I assume this is ammonia?) and all was going well. Then last week when I stopped using filter start because I completed the 7 dose course, and did a water change, the water became cloudy and lots of strongy like alge? it's white/clear but I see hints of green now.

Anyway my local maidenhead aquatics guy says it's likely I killed some good bacteria in the filter and it's died/dying?! Told me to start adding the filter start again and don't do any water changes.

I'm worried now I might have to start all over again, will adding the filter start reestablish things to how they were before? I have real plants in the tank and have been feeding them, they have adequet substrate and lighting but some don't look too good ...

*sigh* I should have just kept it how it was and then I could have added fish! I have a 6 in 1 test kit and all levels except PH and KH come up good, although I'll get a proper test done at my local maidenhead aquatics next weekend to see where I stand.

Is there ANYTHING else I can do right now? other than adding the filter start again? How long will the tank be cloudy for and unsuitable for fish?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-25-2011, 04:41 PM
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If it's cloudy i would do small but regular water changes :)
I went maidenhead aquatics the other day and bought an apple snail, it was great entertainment :P


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post #3 of 4 Old 02-25-2011, 04:56 PM
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Could the cloudyness be a bacterial bloom?.
More info would be usefull.
What size tank,temp,how many plants,what are you putting in the water (filter start?) what are your water readings (if you are using a paper test strip kit it will be inaccurate) etc.

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Could the cloudyness be a bacterial bloom?.
More info would be usefull.
What size tank,temp,how many plants,what are you putting in the water (filter start?) what are your water readings (if you are using a paper test strip kit it will be inaccurate) etc.

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No idea, it just says filter start "is a bacteria culture, which helps rapidly start up the waste breakdown process in the filter"

tank temp is 24 degrees, 160 liter tank. Don't have any fish in there .. have about 5 plants in there.

All I have currently is the paper strips. All readings look fine going by them
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