Originally Posted by coryjac0b
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...
type of filter
all fish stock
chemicals you are using on the tank
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).