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mrarkus 03-04-2007 03:04 PM

Newbie questions...
Hi everybody, my first post here, so first of all, I wanted to introduce myself.

I decided to get an aquarium few weeks ago, and after many days of research, etc., settled on a 29 gallon, Penguin 200 filter, 200 Watt heater (not top fin, but forgot what brand), one decoration, and about 10 plastic plants, with small gravel.

After having the tank running without fish for a week or so, last Thursday I added 5 platies - three Mickey Mouse and two red something...

Anyway, I have 3 questions:

1. My kitchen sink is close enough that I could use a hose to do the water changes. However, how do I regulate the temperature? I've read that using hot water from the faucet is bad because there is a lot of crap in the hot water heater. But using just cold water seems way too cold. So, what is the accepted solution?

2. My water got a little milky in the tank without fish. I changed the water completely, then let the new water sit 2 days before introducing the platies. Well, it got cloudy again. I did two 15% water changes since Thursday, and the water did get a little better, but does anybody have any idea why would the water get cloudy without fish or plants?


Amphitrite 03-04-2007 03:11 PM

Hi, and welcome to the forum :)

To regulate the temperature if you are not comfortable with mixing hot water from the tap, then you can boil the kettle and mix hot and cold water in a bucket prior to adding to the tank.

You said that you have gravel in the tank. Did you rinse it thoroughly before putting in the tank, because if not, this would cause cloudy water for a while.

Oh - and I assume you are cycling the tank with the platys, do you have a test kit to monitor the readings, and are you adding water conditioner to the water when doing water changes?

mrarkus 03-04-2007 03:42 PM

Thanks for a quick response!

1. I have been using the bucket method, just wanted to get a general consensus on using a mix of hot-and-cold water from the faucet, because it sure is easier!

I rinsed everything before putting it in the tank. Used a big grate under running water for the gravel.

You are right, I am using platys to cycle the tank, and got all the test strips, doing regular readings. As far as water conditioner, all I do is add a chlorine remover.

fish_4_all 03-04-2007 05:00 PM

Clouding can be normal for new tanks depending on your tap water parameters. If you can, switch to a liquid test kit and ditch the test strips. Saves money and they are much more accurate than strips.

What kind of filter are you using, this may be the reaosn for the clouding. If it is an undergravel then you may need more gravel in the tank or smaller gravel to trap more particles. If it is a HOB filter then it could be just the cycle period. Tell us what kind so we can help to figure it.

Welcome and please don't be afraid to ask any questions. There is no dumb question except the one you wait to ask after your tank or fish show problems.

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