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CodyL1121 08-17-2012 05:31 PM

Someone Help! (cloudy)
OK, so I got a new 25 gallon tank early this morning from PetSmart. I bought a bag of dark SeaChem Fluorite, Driftwood and a Bag of Gravel. I rinsed the gravel and the driftwood, but didnt rinse the Fluorite (this is probably where I went wrong). I put the Fluorite on the bottom and the gravel on top of it, evened it out then added 2 pieces of driftwood then added the water. The water was supperrr cloudy so I started running the filter. After a few hours, nothing really changed. Water was still cloudy as heck. Mind you, I have no plants as they are sitting off to the side in their gel waiting for the water become un-cloudy (shh I made that word up) so I can see what I'm doing. I did about a 25% water change and ehh it helped a little but figured I really shouldn't do water changes. I gravel vacced it a little just to see and there it was a bunch of cloudiness! Here's a picture at this point:

The bag said to buy SeaChem Clarity if I wanted to speed the process and take away the cloudiness so I did. I went to the pet store, got home and noticed my tank was white and cloudy at the very top and yellow and cloudy the whole rest of the tank. I put the Clarity in and it turned even more Yellow lol. Is this good? Am I being impatient? Will the bottom ALWAYS be so cloudy if a fish or shrimp digs into it? Do they like that lol or will it hurt them? Will my filter eventually clear all this up even the clouds of dust from the bottom? I really don't have the money to buy all new substrate again just to rinse it. Here's what the tank looks like now :(

AbbeysDad 08-17-2012 07:54 PM

I don't like clarifiers (except for the pool) as they work by binding small particles together so they can be trapped by filters - but they're hard on fish gills!

Sorry Cody, but I think your best bet here is to drain and refill - refill to 4" or so and give your substrate a good mix, then drain again. Repeat until the few inches of water you add looks clear, then fill it back up.
I know it's a pain, but it's a necessary evil and you'll be better off than other options.


Byron 08-19-2012 04:59 PM

I agree. I've never seen a new tank that cloudy, so I can only assume it is a mixture of inadequately washed substrate and bacteria bloom. Draining out all water will also get rid of that chemical clarifier which can be dangerous to fish.

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