Originally Posted by ippymiss
Hi, I have a new tank 30 days in the working. My mother-in-law gave to me , I guess she was tired of it.
Its been set up for 30 days now. I do know it is still trying to cycle. It came with fish and all. I did not have another tank to keep the fish while it was cycling .
I have a bit of cloudy water, Monday I did a 1/4 water change and used Tetra AquaSafe for the chlorine, yesterday I added amQuel+ because it was not looking any better . My fish seem to be doing ok all thru this. I do not have a water tester yet and wont be able to get until the weekend, or fist of the week.
I am stumped as to what to do. Help thanks
I do have a 6 inch cat and I do now know what it is, I actually do not like it but cant find anyone to take him off my hands. Plus I do not know what the heck he is.
the tank is a 50 gallon.
With fishes in the tank, I would change 25 percent to one half of the water each day and replace this water with fresh dechlorinated water and the AMQUEL+ is what I would use. It will detoxify chlorine,chloramines,ammonia ,and nitrites for around 24 hours.
I would feed the fish a tiny amount of food ,about half a dime size amount ONCE every other day. Don't worry fish will be fine with this until the tank has cycled. After that,,you can feed twice each day .
I would not clean or replace anything in the filter for the next month. The filter is an area where the majority of good bacteria will be trying to establish itself and if you don't overfeed,,the filter material should not need cleaning.
Iwould not worry about cloudy water,cloudy water although unsightly will not harm the fish and it will clear on it's own as your tank continues to mature (cycle).
It is ammonia and nitrites that will be your biggest problem but if you perform water changes as suggested,and feed as suggested, at around four to six weeks..the tank will have cycled and then only once a week water changes will be needed.
When cycling with fish and no access to filter material from a friends tank, water changes will be needed each day if you wish for your fish to remain healthy.
I would resist the urge to use any chemicals in the tank except for the AMQUEL+.
Many so called cycle in a bottle products simply don't work and the less chemicals you use in your tank,, the better. IMHO.
P.S. I LOVE the catfish.