02-09-2009, 08:43 AM
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how can I tell if I forced my tank to recycle?
I have a 30 gallon tank with two gold fish that i have had for about a year and a half. I recently started a new job and neglected water changes for a while. I noticed my smaller gold fish had clamped fins and was not very active. I freaked and started a water change. Of course the gravel was just nasty, then I checked my filter and it was all most clogged and the whole filter box was full of what I think was algae. so I cleaned out the filter box also. now my tank is very cloudy. I think I overdid it with cleaning out the filter on the same day as a water change. the fish seem to be fine now, but, I am concerned with the cloudy water. I have the tank at about 68 deg, should I raise the temp up a little to help the tank cycle?