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Old 02-25-2011, 07:54 PM   #31
 
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New Development: So none of my parameters have changed really(the ph did spike for one day but then dropped). But I've noticed my water is more cloudy. I have been changing about 10-15% of the water daily. Is this natural?
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:51 PM   #32
 
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New Development: So none of my parameters have changed really(the ph did spike for one day but then dropped). But I've noticed my water is more cloudy. I have been changing about 10-15% of the water daily. Is this natural?
No need to do a water change daily unless there is raised levels of ammonia, nitrite, or anything else at a possibly dangerous level. Once every few days to once a week unless needed for the first few months. After the aquarium is fully cycled and well established you can get away with bi-weekly, or even monthly water changes if parameters remain stable.

As far as water parameters not changing, that happens in a cycle. Have you spiked in nitrites, then they level out to zero, and have nitrates yet? If this is the case, then your tank could have cycled. Very doubtful considering the short timespan, but possible with some of the chemicals available.

Cloudy water could be a number of things. In such a new tank though, it could be from...
1- overfeeding
2- over bio load on filter
3- high phosphates (they makes tests to check this, and chemicals to treat this)

And I am sure there are other reasons. I doubt it is algae though since the tank is so new.

How much are you feeding the fish currently? What kind of filter do you have on the tank?
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:40 AM   #33
 
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when I cycled my tank there was a period of about 3-4 days where my tank was cloudy and stunk. After that it went away though, I would just wait it out a little bit and see if it gets better. Filter wise, putting in carbon really helped the smell + cloudiness 4 me
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:48 AM   #34
 
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nothing has spiked except the ammonia one day(it went to 1 ppm but went back to .5 the next day. the NO2 and NO3 haven't made any change yet. My filter is the stock box filter that came with the tank.

and i'm only feeding them a little pinch in the am and pm.
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:54 PM   #35
 
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nothing has spiked except the ammonia one day(it went to 1 ppm but went back to .5 the next day. the NO2 and NO3 haven't made any change yet. My filter is the stock box filter that came with the tank.

and i'm only feeding them a little pinch in the am and pm.
If it is a stock filter, those generally run on a basic carbon insert.

I wouldnt worry too much, as cycling takes time and goes through its phases. Did you add any cycling assisting chemicals when you started the tank?

Cloudiness could be the phosphates, as from what I understand, they can just be in your tab water. If the cloudiness is bothering you, you can try either adding a bio bag to the filter with phosphate remover stuff, or you can buy the chemical that removes phosphates.

As for nothing spiking, it takes time. Slow down on the water changes until the ammonia spikes. Remember a basic, non-assisted, cycle takes at least 3 weeks.

Ammonia has to spike before nitrite can be made, and nitrite has to be made before nitrate can be made during a cycle. And there is time between all. Your ammonia could have spiked higher at one point, and yet, it might still be waiting to make its big spike...and the ammonia generally fluctuates during the entire cycle.

It will be fine, all sounds pretty normal to me though.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:01 PM   #36
 
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If it is a stock filter, those generally run on a basic carbon insert.

I wouldnt worry too much, as cycling takes time and goes through its phases. Did you add any cycling assisting chemicals when you started the tank?

Cloudiness could be the phosphates, as from what I understand, they can just be in your tab water. If the cloudiness is bothering you, you can try either adding a bio bag to the filter with phosphate remover stuff, or you can buy the chemical that removes phosphates.

As for nothing spiking, it takes time. Slow down on the water changes until the ammonia spikes. Remember a basic, non-assisted, cycle takes at least 3 weeks.

Ammonia has to spike before nitrite can be made, and nitrite has to be made before nitrate can be made during a cycle. And there is time between all. Your ammonia could have spiked higher at one point, and yet, it might still be waiting to make its big spike...and the ammonia generally fluctuates during the entire cycle.

It will be fine, all sounds pretty normal to me though.
It does have the basic carbon filter inside. As for the cloudiness I did go and get the phosphate remover and the cloudiness went away pretty quickly. I have reduced the water changes as well. So far so good. Thanks
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It does have the basic carbon filter inside. As for the cloudiness I did go and get the phosphate remover and the cloudiness went away pretty quickly. I have reduced the water changes as well. So far so good. Thanks
You are more than welcome...glad the water cleared up.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:47 PM   #38
 
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Well so far my tanks is up and running. The Ammonia spiked, as well as the nitrite and nitrate and then leveled back out for the most part. The tanks seems happy and is going good. I now have 3 guppies, 9 Neons and 2 Blue Cory Cats. They all seem to be happy and doing good. Thanks for all the help!
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:44 PM   #39
 
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So glad to hear the good news!!!!!
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:08 PM   #40
 
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I do have a question about my box filter though. It's coming up on one month and I think I'm supposed to change it. Should I cut some of the old filter out and put it into the new one to help keep the good bacteria growing and if so how much? Thanks again!
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