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southamericancichlidguy23 01-10-2010 08:11 PM

just did 50 water change cloudy really cloudy
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so i took 50 percent the water out the tank put new water in cleaned the glass put new filters in aqua safe and salt aquarium and cloudy water and cleaned the black sponges sand is spotless on the bottom yet this dang tank will not go clear its making me really upset i cant see threw it side ways the front looks horrible when i had gravel it was beautiful but i switched to sand due to the sturgen and to make my pleco and firemouth happy and in return i got ugly looking tank :-( somebody help me plzz make it clear again i am putting a picture up with it front and side and u see for ur self and give me some solutions and iv had the sand for three weeks shouldnt be doing this maybe a month and i dont have a tester and i didnt test the water iv never used one thos in my life and all my fish are beautiful

cmc29 01-10-2010 08:25 PM

I use white marine sand in my planted aquarium, and when i do water changes i use my siphon pump to put the freshwater back into my tank, that way the sand doesn't get stirred up at all. I don't get any cloudiness at all.

Angel079 01-10-2010 08:33 PM

Let me take a guess...You didn't wash the sand out several times in a bucket before you added it to the tank had you?
What's going to happen there now, each time you do a water exchange you'll super slowly wash your sand out now and eventually its clear - Just takes much longer this way, cause your filter gotta work well each time to 'clean' what came out of the sand into the water (which makes it cloudy).

Angel079 01-10-2010 08:34 PM

Another idea: You got big rocks in there, use a watering can (that has NOT had any flower ferts or ANY chemicals in it before AT ALL) pure the water with the watering can right on to your rocks, that's gonna aviod stirring up most of the sand (so less cloudy after water exchange).

southamericancichlidguy23 01-10-2010 08:45 PM

i do always pour the water on the rocks not the sand and when i bought the sand it was aquarium sand and said on the front no need wash it first it fish store even said it didnt need to be washed just dump it in so how long before i have clear tank again weeks or months

cmc29 01-10-2010 08:48 PM

what brand of sand was it?

cmc29 01-10-2010 08:50 PM

When i was setting up my tank, i found it was easiest to work with the sand when it was wet. I could clump it up, and smooth out the sandy clay on top of my flourite. Then fill up slowly with the siphon pump.

southamericancichlidguy23 01-10-2010 09:22 PM

the kinda he is talking about were it gets wet and turns to like clay lol its blue sand i dont knw the name anymore dont have the bag

southamericancichlidguy23 01-10-2010 09:23 PM

i feel it up using the rocks dumb big bucket water in there over and over and over till its filled

Angel079 01-10-2010 09:32 PM

If you have the appropriate filter for the size tank you got there, it should be cleared up by tomorrow. If you have a bad/ small filter it can take anywhere from here to there.

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