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silvershark 12-01-2012 02:14 PM

new tank syndrome ADVICE PLEASE.
hi everyone
i have the 200ltr fluval aquarium with the fluval u4 filter and a 200w heater, i am very much a novice but i have been reading up and learning more everyday, i set my tank up on the 24Th --8 days ago i put tetra complete substrate down first and covered it with gravel, i added some plants ( limnophila sessiliflora)( echinodorus bleheri) the water was very cloudy for three days and had cleared up great, the pH was 7.0 and the ammonia test was 0.25 and nitrite was 0 ppm , on the 27Th i added another couple of plants (wisteria) and i added 3 giant danios to help cycle the tank i also used nutrafin cycle and nutrafin aqua plus when i first set up the problem is yesterday the 31st i done a 10 ltr water change and added 0.25 of aqua plus to the water before i added it to the tank and since i have done this there seems to be millions of white particles everywhere, this is the second day now and it doesn't seem quite as bad as yesterday but is still visible especially when viewed through the side of the tank the water is very clear and you have to look close to see it, as i have said i am very much a novice but would i be right in thinking that this is a bacterial bloom and was it caused with the partial water change ? if this is the case will it clear up itself and how long should it take ? also should i do anymore water changes before the tank has fully cycled ? also what should i use for the plants food, any advice very much appreciated, i am willing to learn to do whats best for the fish and i understand that the main priority is getting the water right and doing regular checks etc,

Byron 12-03-2012 06:18 PM

This certainly sounds like a bacterial bloom. Usually harmless, though unsightly. Water changes will usually worsen it, I explain why here:
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't do them, just make sure they are regular (once a week, 1/3 to 1/2 the tank).

This is more common in new tanks that have not established biologically, and I always just ride it out.


silvershark 12-04-2012 08:53 AM

thank you byron
i will do as you say and ride it out,

cpwebsite 12-08-2012 10:54 PM

Ride it out, and congratz no fish have died yet! I recommend doing weekly 25% water changes, and also adding prime daily until your tank is done cycling to be on the safe side.

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