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Old 09-11-2006, 03:38 PM   #21
 
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did you rinse your gravel at all? it is recommended that you rinse it for several minutes to remove tiny particles so that your water won't cloud...it could be that...

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Bri, yeah I did that. The fish tank was handed down to me after many years of storage. I rinsed the rocks, then I boiled them to make sure there was no risk of bacteria, rinsed once more, then put them in the tank.
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Old 09-11-2006, 03:38 PM   #22
 
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sorry josh...i should have paid closer attention.

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Old 09-11-2006, 03:40 PM   #23
 
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sorry josh...i should have paid closer attention.
on, no prob!

dprUsh83: I've reached the limit of my expertise so it is up to the other forum members now!
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Old 09-11-2006, 03:45 PM   #24
 
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haha...yea me too...rinsing the gravel and adjusting the heater were my good ideas! LOL...good luck tho!


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Old 09-11-2006, 03:49 PM   #25
 
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Well, maybe a few more questions:

Is your filter an OK size for the tank?
Is the filter clogged?
Does the filter media need to be replaced?
Have you been doing water changes regularly?
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Old 09-11-2006, 03:57 PM   #26
 
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Well, maybe a few more questions:

Is your filter an OK size for the tank?
Is the filter clogged?
Does the filter media need to be replaced?
Have you been doing water changes regularly?
My filter is a Secondnature Whisper Powerfilter (). I'm going to buy some new filters today, just to be sure...but the filter looks pretty clean. I checked to make sure there were no clogs and it was okay.

As far as water changes, it has been up under a week...I planned to change water weekly, maybe I need to give it an early change since everything is new?
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:26 PM   #27
 
im not sure what causes the water to be cloudy but all i know is that all 3 tanks if had in the past have been cloudy when first starting.In my newly started tank i used(mardel brite N clear it says on the bottle that it clears cloudy water. on my tank it worked within 4 hours! the active ingredient is aluminum sulfate.when starting that tank of yours add fish slowly(if your planning on adding more) and dont get discuraged.i also recemend a gravel vac you would be amazed at the amount of detrus you can suck up,only feed fish once aday,its better to underfeed than to over feed.If you have some free time read up on how biological filltration works it will make comunicating with some of the nerds here much easier. :D
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:39 PM   #28
 
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Nerds?


If the fish are juveniles, then you try feeding them thrice rather than once so as not to stunt their growth.

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As far as water changes, it has been up under a week...I planned to change water weekly, maybe I need to give it an early change since everything is new?
Hi mate,
You need to buy the test kit on ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. On the first, maintain them as constant zero. Any increase in both will harm your fish. To lower the level of ammonia and nitrites, just do frequent water changes.
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:58 PM   #29
 
Thanks for the advice blue, I will be sure to do that and tomorrow I am going to clean out the tank and change some water.

Will post with updates tomorrow night! :D
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:06 PM   #30
 
its probly because you didnt cycle it do a water change and get geta test kit if do water changes you should be fine. its a nice tank
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