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jsm11482 11-22-2006 08:53 PM

Why is my water cloudy?
My water has been cloudy for a while now, seems like it started after I noticed the new fish from the crappy lfs had ick (they're dead now, at least my original fish are ok). I added a bunch of salt (per label instructions) and I turned up the temp to like 85f. I assumed it was the salt that was making it cloudy but I have been doing nightly water changes of at least 25% and it is still couldy! What could it be? See pics below.

jsm11482 11-22-2006 09:49 PM

Ok, I just did a test and the warm water comes out of the tap and its all cloudy looking, this is normal i guess since the water is heater, whereas the cold water is crystal clear. So I guess I will fill with cold water instead of warm water and see what happens. What do other people do?

BTW: My danios LOVE to swim under/through the water as I add it to the tank! They are so fun! :D

Lupin 11-22-2006 09:51 PM

I never had that problem.:)

crazie.eddie 11-23-2006 01:48 AM

Is your cold water parameters from the tap, the same as the warm water?

I don't have problems with cloudy waters, but in my 125 gallon tank, I use straight warm tap water for WC and Gravel vacs. Both my 20 gallon long (shrimp and L-046 Zebra) and 10 gallon QT tank, I use dechlored, heated, aged water.

JouteiMike 11-23-2006 02:04 AM

You use any medication for Ich? Could have killed off your bacteria and is undergoing a mini-cycle.

What are your water parameters?

Lupin 11-23-2006 02:08 AM


Originally Posted by JouteiMike
You use any medication for Ich? Could have killed off your bacteria and is undergoing a mini-cycle.

What are your water parameters?

Good questions.:thumbsup: Cloudiness can be caused either by bacterial bloom or overfeeding.

Another question would be what kind of medicine was use.:)

Lauri 11-23-2006 06:33 AM

Just a thought

Are those live plants in your tank?
If so check for decaying plant matter we went through months of cloudy water tried everything under the sun to clear it up ended up being dead plant matter under the gravel that kept making it cloudy.We got rid of all the live plants and never had a cloudy problem again.. :)

jsm11482 11-23-2006 11:08 AM

My current readings are Ph 7, Kh 5, everything else 0. They are real plants and I pick the decaying leaves off when I notice them. I did not use any medicine for the ick, just pumped up the temperature and added salt. I havent checked the difference between the cold/hot water from the when you people fill a glass bowl with cold water, then hot water, it looks the same? I thought hot water was always cloudy because it is heated (and aerated?)?

JouteiMike 11-23-2006 06:02 PM

Do you really use HOT water from your tap? I use warm water for one of my tanks, which I make sure if roughly 75-78, and even that isn't technically all that warm, feels slightly cool to the touch. Unless you're giving your heaters a nice kick-start, I wouldn't add hot water to your contains dissolved metals, bacteria ect, all the stuff you DON'T want in your aquarium. The cloudiness comes from dissolved air, which is released in the form of fine bubbles when cold water becomes warmer.

Lupin 11-23-2006 08:40 PM

Er...Mike was right.:mrgreen: "Hot" and "warm" are different terms. It's probably warm and we do prefer it rather than hot which could have killed the fish or worse, cracking the tank due to temperature variations.:blink:

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