03-13-2013, 05:06 PM
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If this is a new setup, it is possible that you did not clean the gravel well enough. If this is the case and it does not settle out, you will need many water changes or even a tear down to clean it out.
Alternatively, in newer tanks (or in cases of neglect or over feeding or sometimes just an abundance of organics in source water) a bacterial bloom of heterotrophic (decomposition) bacteria can produce cloudy water as the bacteria population explodes to process an abundance of dissolved organic compounds. This usually clears in a few days and is rarely an issue in established tanks.
Edit: Note that this (heterotrophic) bacteria has nothing to do with the bacteria that process/oxidize ammonia and nitrites (as these are different 'critters' altogether). However, these bacteria are an inevitable beneficial bacteria in decaying the organic matter.
Last edited by AbbeysDad; 03-14-2013 at 08:47 AM..