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post #1 of 14 Old 03-17-2008, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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Very Cloudy Water- please help!

OK, I'm at my wits end! I set my tank up 3 weeks ago, and from day 1, it's been cloudy!
All tests come out normal, I've taken some water out- (half) - TWICE!
It's still cloudy!!!
I added fish 2 weeks after it was set up. This is my first 55 gallon(which i have always wanted) -so you can see why I'm so dissapointed... :(

I have a penquin bio wheel 350 I bought when I set up the tank, and it's working fine,
so what's wrong?

I don't know what else to do!
Thanks
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-17-2008, 08:11 AM
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OK, I'm at my wits end! I set my tank up 3 weeks ago, and from day 1, it's been cloudy!
All tests come out normal, I've taken some water out- (half) - TWICE!
It's still cloudy!!!

That could be part of the problem.

Never change more than 25% of the water at once and with 3 weeks worth of set up, you should try changing the water more frequently with less amounts.

What tests have you done? They don't necessarily detect why your tank is cloudy, could be dust from the new gravel in the tank that didn't get a chance to settle or the water in general.


Buy some books about fish and one of the main rules is to be patient. You'll figure out the problem soon enough, and be a happy fish keeper.
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post #3 of 14 Old 03-17-2008, 09:38 AM
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Do you have gravel in the tank, and if so did you wash it well before putting it in the tank? If not, it could be sediment from the gravel.

Another think it could be is a bacteria bloom which often occurs in a new tank giving a cloudy appearance.

It should clear in time by itself.

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post #4 of 14 Old 03-23-2008, 01:21 AM
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High chance its Green water or so called Algae blooms.

check out http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=15638

It teaches you how to get rid of green water using black out. Cheers :D

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post #5 of 14 Old 03-23-2008, 09:04 PM
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-24-2008, 10:31 AM
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Some in LFS told me that when my new tank in on cycle if it gets the cloudy due to bacteria bloom we are not suppose to do water change until it gets cleared on its own. If we change the water it will delay the cycle process. He also mentioned it may take 2 days to even two weeks longer.
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-24-2008, 01:32 PM
Try using a diatom filter. It will take out all very small particles and polish your water.

Cut back on feeding, overfeeding just supplies the algae with more food. Feed no more than your fish will eat in 3-5 minutes.

Add plants that will compete with the algae for food. Elodea is a good choice here. It is a leaf feeder and will also condition your water by removing phosphates.

Good luck.
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-24-2008, 09:02 PM
What fish do you have?
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-25-2008, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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OK, guys I wanted everyone to know that since I wrote the first post about this problem, each day it seemed that it was starting to get clearer. I came home from work yesterday afternoon, and it is now crystal clear!!!
I'm so happy!
Thanks! :D
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-26-2008, 07:27 AM
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Maybe you can tell us what have you done to make it clearer?

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