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White Cloudy Water HELP
Old 04-27-2011, 08:51 AM   #1
 
White Cloudy Water HELP

Hi,

I have an overstocked 10G tank with 2 fancy goldfish and 2 guppies, planted with hornworth and anubias and java moss. I will be getting a 75g soon, but it will be a few weeks until i can trasnfer the fish. Filters are Aquaclear 20 with Sponge, Biological filter, and fine filter (removed the carbon). Everything was well untill last night i did a water change (i do 50% every 2 days, but recently doing every day).

After a few hours, water was white. I panicked and changed 90% of the water, tried to clean the plants and the Malaysian Wood, but some white would persist. Did not clean the substrate which is black very fine gravel (or sand) ecocomplete. Added 50% water, and as water was cloudy, did another change and cleaned the windows, and added water completely, then re-added the fish. Changed out the fine filter media, cleaned the sponge and bio with the old tank water, and cleaned the Aquaclear 20

It was better, but still milky today. I already fed my fish today, but planing to not feed them for 2 days, and doing 20 - 50% water change everyday. Should i be buying anti amonia products or filter media today (will test the water tonight). I normally have some traces (the lowest level after 0) of Amonia and nitrate. Pls give suggestions, as i am in the panik mode. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:31 AM   #2
 
When I first setup my tank with ecocomplete it was cloudy for a few days until the dust settled. If this is a older tank it;'s likely a bacteria bloom. Are you using plant fertilizer? What is your lighting, watts and spectrum.

The idea is to make the plants use as much of the ammonia and other things in the water as possible.

That filter should be up to the task, if this tank hasn't been cycled I might consider some anti-ammonia product, but more plants would be a better idea.

What color is that malaysian driftwood? Do you think it is possible that the wood is leaching a white tannis and making the water white. I got some mopani wood and it's in a bucket trying to leech out most of the tannis before I add it to my tank. It makes the water basically the same color as the wood over time in that bucket.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:51 AM   #3
 
Hi TwinDad,

It has been a month since i have the aquarium. I did not do a cycle as i didnt know about it at the time i started. The driftwood is malaysian drift wood from Big Al, and was fine (and so was the rest of the aquarium) till last night. No plant fertilizer yet, but was going to eventually do it. Lighting is a 26W (like 100W) 6500K fluorescent spiral bulb. I have gone above 8 hours of light, but the algae has not exploded yet, just traces. I will check amonia level tonight, and maybe buy an anti-amonia product before going home tonight.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:38 AM   #4
 
While you are at the store, check into some fertilizer. It sounds like it is a bacteria bloom. DO a search in the forum for that you should see a few threads with good ideas. I think most are make sure to not overfeed, clean the gravel, and make sure you limit the lights.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:10 PM   #5
 
thank you for the responses. I have to make this work untill i get the 75 Gallon tank and have it ready (in a few weeks hopefully). That said, my parameters were usually, pH ~7.4-7.6, Amonia ~ .25ppm, nitrite ~ .25ppm, nitrate ~ 5ppm
However, i just checked it now, and it is:
Amonia ~ .25ppm
Nitrite ~ 0ppm
Nitrate ~ 0ppm
I will check again tomorow night, i dont understand why nitrite and nitrate are 0ppm, though i have seen Nitrite at 0ppm last week. Anyone knows what this could mean. I am currently doing water change 50% every day or two.

I just bought Prime, guess i wont need it yet??? or should i use it?
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:20 PM   #6
 
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I agree that it is probably a bacterial bloom. Just keep up on water changes. Do a quick google search for 'aquarium nitrogen cycle", that should explain to you why you aren't reading any nitrites or nitrates yet.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:22 PM   #7
 
thanks. I was getting nitrate and nitrite readings til recently.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:29 PM   #8
 
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What kind of a test kit are you using? The strip-type kits are notoriously inaccurate, and I've heard that they can "go bad" and get even less accurate after a short period of time in the cabinet.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:31 PM   #9
 
I am using API freshwater master test kit. I will remeasure tomorow night and repost, in case i somehow messed up tonight.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:32 PM   #10
 
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Interesting. I have no clue. Maybe something went into the tank during your water change that killed the bacterial filter? Any possibility of chemicals or anything like that getting into your water?
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