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bigrift 08-30-2010 03:06 AM

play sand
ok im sure there are a million threads about this and im sure its a simple fix but i really wana make sure im doing the right thing befor i go ahead and add my fish so here it is..... im new to breeding fish so far iv been working with mollies just to get a feal for what it takes to care for the fish and fry. iv had 3 female mollies and 1 male mollie in a 55g tank for some time and have had lots of fry whitch go into a smaller tank as im able to catch them. my problem is in my 55g tank i decided to use river rock (about 1 inch per stone) as my gravle and my fry hide deep within so its very hard to catch them with a net befor they get eaten or end up getting stuck in the rock. so as a solution iv decided to move my millies to a 30g tank with sand and haveing it well planted for the fry. anyways iv washed the sand whitch took forever whitch i knew was going to and after placeing it in the tank and slowly filling the tank with water useing a dish to pour on as not to stir up to much my tank has become a milky white cloudy tank. iv run the filter (whisper 40 power filter) for 2 days now with no change (and yes i changed the inlet to be higher so i dont suck sand). i also turned the filter off for a day to see if that would help. so here i am asking if anyone else has had this happen and what i should do (besides get rid of the sand lol). i was thinking maybe do a complete water change but hopeing i wont have to. please any sugestions will be helpfull.

kitten_penang 08-30-2010 03:20 AM

If there aren't any fish in can actually do a water change. The particles are too small to be trapped in the filter.that's why it's always floating around in the tank.

bigrift 08-30-2010 03:23 AM

there are no fish or anything in there yet iv been afraid to add anything.

kitten_penang 08-30-2010 06:06 AM

no fish thats so water changes every day. my tank had the same problem.sometimes i do as much as 90% water change when it's too cloudy.this went on for about a week. each time the filter got clogged i used the old aquarium water to wash the filter you can put add clear in. it'd s type of liquid that binds to the smaller particles and help it stick to the filter medium.

aunt kymmie 08-30-2010 01:00 PM

Just curious, when you do a water change are you using a gravel vac or another method?

bigrift 08-30-2010 02:06 PM

i did a few water changes and the cloudyness improved alot but its still a lil bit. i have well water so when i cycle a tank its really fast plus i used my water from my 55g to help fill the 30g and everything came out perfect. i gave in and put my plants and fish in a little while ago like i said its still a lil cloudy but they dont seem to mind. ill have to get some of that stuff and try it out. thankes

bigrift 09-01-2010 12:50 AM

yay water is crystal clear now fish are happy and so arnt the plants... pics soon to come ty for the help =)

kitten_penang 09-01-2010 12:52 AM

congrats =) pics pics pics yay!!!!

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