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I just started a 30 gallon freshwater and I am 3 days into the cycle. I had my water tested on the 2nd day and the pH was 8.2 so I purchased some tablets to use. It said to use 1 tablet for 10 gallons so I used 3. The water is now cloudy (but not extremely cloudy). Will this go away soon? Would it be better to use liquid pH control in the future so the cloudiness doesn't occur?
This is probably due to a bacterial bloom. The cloudy water should go away. It's common in new aquariums or aquariums going through a mini-cycle.
What's your pH from your water source, which I'm assuming is your tap water?
The tablets you used, are they supposed to lower the pH?
If your tap water has lower pH than your water in the tank, then you may have something that is causing high pH, like using some kind of coral decor or substrate, using aragonite susbtrate, or having lots of shells in the tank.
Re: Cloudy water!
Don't bother lowering the pH if you don't have fish, if your tank is still cycling or if your fish aren't that fuzzy to water conditions. pH is the least important of all water parameters unless you experienced pH swings brought by very low KH.
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