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kritas 04-10-2008 08:30 AM

Cloudy water
Hey everyone,

I just set up my 10 gallon and 5 hours after putting the water in, it becomes all cloudy. I havn't got tank prameters yet, i'll get them tommorrow, too tired right now. But I did pre-treat the water with bullseye 7.0 PH adjuster, and with dechlorinator. The water used is half normal tap water, half reverse osmosis water, if that helps...

I got no clue why this is happening. It also happened with my smaller 2 gallon when I set it up...

Togiran 04-10-2008 10:06 AM

Dumb question, but did you remember to wash the gravel extremely well? It could just be residue from the gravel. Did you rinse our your filter (the blue one) before running it?

okiemavis 04-10-2008 05:44 PM

Yeah, I'd say that this problem is cuz there's gravel dust, etc. in your tank, too early to be a bacterial/waste problem.

kritas 04-10-2008 07:08 PM

I blasted the crap out of the gravel before I put it in the tank...
But i also let it sit for maybe 1-2 weeks before I put it in...
Did this allow the gravel to collect dust and grime while it sat there?
Is there a way to get rid of this cloudiness? I woke up this morning and it was a browner than yesterday... None of this is making sense to me :?

okiemavis 04-10-2008 08:08 PM

Hmm, that is really strange. What kind of gravel is it? I ask becuase it sounds like SOMETHING in your tank is breaking down and degrading the water. It may be some paint/die on your rocks, if not that, probably a decoration.

herefishy 04-10-2008 08:29 PM

It is extremely hard to completely rid the gravel of all dust and particulate matter. Waiting, as you did, may have allowed the gravel to "grind" against other pieces and produce more "dust". Not to worry. As it ,you will be able to remove the fine particulates with a gravel sweep.

kritas 04-10-2008 09:21 PM

So I should do a gravel sweep, and the dust on the gravel bed will be cleaned up...
But as for the cloudy water, should I just wait for it to settle, or is there a quicker way to get rid of it?
Also, I was wondering if sticking my hand/arm into the water will affect the parameters or not?

herefishy 04-10-2008 10:07 PM

Water changes and gravel sweeps would be my answer. Or can I pick the prize behind door #3?

kritas 04-11-2008 02:19 AM

Hmm, it seems to be changing colour...
I just did two 15% water changes, will do another one in half an hour, we'll see what happens.
Is this an occurance in alot of newly established aquariums?

Flashygrrl 04-11-2008 04:50 AM

I just thought of my barn (which admittedly probably doesn't have the cleanest water source but oh well), the water will come out clear and once it sits for oh, about 2 hours we'll notice it's gotten kinda orange-brownish tinted. Never has done anything to the horses tho.

If you have a plastic container that's not completely clear(so you can see what happens better), fill it with water, let it sit for a couple hours and see what happens.

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