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Old 08-12-2010, 04:54 PM   #11
 
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oh yeh course,
ammonia 0
nitrites 0
nitrates were 40 but should be lowered as just done 20% water change
temp 25c
ph 8

i have managed to get hold of some gravel from a well established healthy tank and spread it over mine ,
so il just wait and see if it clears up at all
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:12 PM   #12
 
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oh yeh course,
ammonia 0
nitrites 0
nitrates were 40 but should be lowered as just done 20% water change
temp 25c
ph 8

i have managed to get hold of some gravel from a well established healthy tank and spread it over mine , so il just wait and see if it clears up at all
If your ammonia is actually 0 it wouldn't make any difference.
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Old 08-13-2010, 09:28 AM   #13
 
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Well its been 17 hours and still my tank is cloudy no improvement at all !
i was going to try a water change every day just 15% but it occured to me to test the tap water and the kit i use on my tank shows that water straight out the tap is 30ppm !!
so doing the water changes replenishes minerals but what about the nitrates ? levels above 40 are too high for the fish yet my tap water is allready 30! what the hell?
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:05 AM   #14
 
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Well its been 17 hours and still my tank is cloudy no improvement at all !
i was going to try a water change every day just 15% but it occured to me to test the tap water and the kit i use on my tank shows that water straight out the tap is 30ppm !!
so doing the water changes replenishes minerals but what about the nitrates ? levels above 40 are too high for the fish yet my tap water is allready 30! what the hell?

That sucks, you may need to locate a different water source, or add living plants.
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:11 PM   #15
 
cool tank. a water conditioner like Prime should detoxify nitrates shouldn't it?
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:49 PM   #16
 
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cool tank. a water conditioner like Prime should detoxify nitrates shouldn't it?

It can be a temporary safety measure at 5X the standard dose for nitrates.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:51 PM   #17
 
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Love the tank.
When you tested your tap water, was it immediately after you got it from the tap or did you let it sit overnight? You might not get accurate readings straight from the tap. I only use Prime for a water conditioner and have never had any problems so you should be good as far as that goes.

If you just finished up with your cycle, it could just be a bacteria bloom which will work itself out and clear up with regular water changes.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:43 PM   #18
 
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the tank wouldnt sort itself out even with regular water changes
so to cut a really long story short i got hold of another tank from a friend and moved everything over to it
i emptied the cloudy tank and well left it empty for a week to think things over ,
i decided i would use the opportunity to make a real slate background so after 3 evenings of breaking and glueing slate to the tank it was finally ready to fill back up!
i filled it with a water/sterilising fluid first to hopefully get rid of anything nasty in the tank then rinsed a couple of times
well the fish have been back in for 2 weeks now and everything is fine! no cloudy water at all so i am really pleased
i kno its still early days but ammonia 0 nitrite 0 and nitrate 20

i cant help but think i had some kind of infection in the tank and no matter what i would do it wouldnt sort itself out!

i have changed my profile pic , the camera isnt the best but let me know what you think and thanks for your advice
by the way have any of you seen a tank this shape before? i was thinking of making a slightly smaller version of mine to sell
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