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post #1 of 4 Old 03-01-2011, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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New tank, Turned cloudy?

So my tank has been running for about 2 months now, I recently added a few blue dolphin cichlids to it, 3 days later it turned cloudy and has been for the past few days.


Question is, does this mean the tank is at the end of the cycle? Ammonia and Nitrate test for 0, i haven't tested nitrites.


Do i do a water change at this point or do i wait for it to clear up?
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-01-2011, 09:41 PM
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Well what I have found is that if your tank is clouding up it usualy has to do with your amonia going up usualy from nitrites converting to nitrates. But yo said that you are not reading any amonia, nitrites are very toxic to fish, you may have over done it on your bio load bringing in more fish and not having enough established bio filtration to accomidate the number of fish, you might want to go to the store and get stabilizer and monitor your nitrites and amonia for the next few days. If your amonia/nitrites get too out of wack do a partial water change before thay get too far and start harming the fish you might not see the quality of the water affecting your fish right off the bat. But you can be burning the gills of the fish so keep an eye on your readings hoe this helps and I hpoe the best for you and your fish
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-01-2011, 10:08 PM
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So my tank has been running for about 2 months now, I recently added a few blue dolphin cichlids to it, 3 days later it turned cloudy and has been for the past few days.


Question is, does this mean the tank is at the end of the cycle? Ammonia and Nitrate test for 0, i haven't tested nitrites.


Do i do a water change at this point or do i wait for it to clear up?

Safest thing first, do a water change...about 20-30%.

Cloudiness is not a sign of cycling, it usually means something else is going on...being too many feedings, algae, phosphates, too much bioload for filter to keep up with.

If nitrates are zero, then no your tank has not cycled. Ammonia will spike, followed by nitrite spike, in which by the end they should zero out and nitrates should settle in...healthy being around 20ppm if I am correct.

I can tell you a bit more if you can tell me...
tank size
type of filter
all fish stock
chemicals you are using on the tank
lighting schedule
and color of cloudiness

And I advice getting a test that will test your pH (which is something to monitor with cichlids), ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, and possibly even phosophates. This way you can accurately determine when your tank is fully cycled.

Look foward to helping you, and welcome to TFK (as it appears you have only a few posts).

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Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-02-2011, 08:04 PM
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It could be a bacterial bloom that DOES occur in cycling, or anytime.
Here is a link
Bacterial Blooms Explained - Tropical Fish Forums
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