My new tank's water has become cloudy
Hi, I establish new tank (60cm,35cm,30cm Dimension). I used black sand and my water was good but whenever I use Co2 tablet or plant new plant to aquarium , water starts to become cloudy. I try to use Tetra Crystal Water but it doesn't work.
Although I have established it 2 weeks ago but I am worry about it because I have many plants in it. I saw in many forum it can be related to bloom bacteria or incomplete cycle but I'm not sure. please help me what should I do to clear my water.
Welcome to the board!
Cloudy is not a problem and will clear on its own and certainly won't hurt the plants whether from substrate stirring or bacterial bloom. Using a chemical treatment isn't necessary, particularly if you really don't know what you are treating.
Any particular reason that you are using a "CO2 tablet"?
IMHO kill the lights and stop adding any food untill it clears.
This happens to be every once in awhile starting a new tank. Killing the lights and suspending feeding helps to balance and stabilize out the tank.
After it clears resume with less lighting and feeding so it stays clear.
the clopudyness is from the co2 tablet, this is replicated with anyone that uses a powerhead to diffuse co2. has something to do with the co2 and will have to be tolerated as long as you are using the tablet. you can look up clody water when using co2 and you will find the same responses on google.
it is also not uncommon for a newer tank that has finished cycleing to go through many "mini cycles" this will happen from time to time. it is the bacteria in the tank multiplying to accomidate for changeing bioloigical loads. it will become less and less frequent the longer the tank is setup.
Hi Jeff and thank you. What I mean about using establish is that my tank is new and I set it with fresh water and just use Co2 tablet and Crystal water. I have to say that unfortunately I dont have any PH tester or anything else so I want to maintain it simply and I bought Co2 tablet instead of Co2 system because it is cheaper and simple to control. You say Co2 is not necessary. OK , I will be happy to hear about how can I maintain my aquarium simply without Co2 system. I attach some photos of my aquarium. It can be useful for you to check my aquarium more accurate.
Jeff I have another question too. In my country some people believe that it is not useful to close the planted aquarium from top and it should be open always. I think you are master in these issues and I want you to help me. Thank you.
Hardly a master... just reasonably well researched, slightly experienced with a well planted tank and willing to help. If you want to see my tank, check the aquarium tab under my screen name on the left.
That is a very nice looking setup and definitely well planted. If you decided to add fish, or when, you should have no concern about the typical nitrogen cycle whatsoever.
Are you going to add fish? If so, what are you planning? It makes a difference as to what you may want to be doing. Fish are a large source of CO2 and nitrogen (from ammonia) that the plants thrive on. I was assuming that there were going to be fish but I don't see any.
I can't be certain but the light looks like an under cabinet fluorescent fixture that you have used some foil as a reflector for... very economical. The only issue would be that the tube may not be the best light for plants.
A tube rated for 6,000 to 7,000 k (degrees kelvin) would be ideal for the plants, although if what you are using is producing good growth in the plants, it may be fine even if not ideal.
Fish or not, you should at least find out what your water hardness is, preferably in both GH (General Hardness) and KH (carbonic hardness or alkalinity). If on city water, the utility can give you this if you call them or it may be on their website. They might list the pH as well.
Covering the water doesn't typically seal the opening but it does reduce evaporation. With no fish you don't need to worry about fish getting out so it can be kept either way... it does keep you from dropping the light fixture in though.
Plant question: What are the two leafy plants? The large one that sort of looks like a sword but has very defined veins and the smaller version that looks similar? They don't strike me as being aquatic for some reason. Did you buy them from a store that kept them submerged?
This is a new setup, so may I ask what you are doing in the way of nutrient fertilization? I'd also be interested in what the "CO2 tablets" are, I've not come across these. You may or may not need them, as Jeff said.
For aquatic plants to photosynthesize, they need sufficient light (intensity) and 17 nutrients in rough proportion; carbon is one of these, and while it is a macro-nutrient, adding it will not benefit unless it is insufficient to balance the remaining nutrients and light. Several of us on this forum use the natural planted tank method, meaning we do not add CO2 but rely on what occurs naturally from (mainly) the breakdown of organics by bacteria in the substrate. We can use minimal light [adding CO2 requires more light intensity to balance] and less fertilization to achieve the balance.
Thge natural method is set out in my 4-part series stickied at the head of this section, entitled A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium, that may provide more background.
And, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Nice to have you with us.:-D
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