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Carson45 11-06-2010 07:06 AM

Need some advice
Hello all, this week I got a tank and set it up its been running for a few days now. Ive had a few tanks so I have some experience but I think something is wrong. The gravel the tank came with, I bought it used by the way, was white rocks. I thought they looked nice so I put them in. I did rinse the gravel before putting it in too. After putting it in and filling the tank with water it was very cloudy. I had bought a brand new marineland canister filter, I never had a canister but I followed the directions good. After the tank ran for 24 hrs the water was crystal clear. The next day I decided to adjust the gravel to my liking, when I did this the water got very cloudy again. Few days went by and the water had not cleared up.

I thought something was up with the gravel the guy gave me because I never seen so much cloudiness happen when you touched the gravel. So I took it all out and bought new black gravel from petsmart. So I know everything in the tank now is clean including all the plants. I did a 25% water change too. My water is still cloudy, I dont know if something is wrong with my filter or what. I did put stress zyme in the tank a few days ago along with 4 goldfish to get the cycle going. I really think its too soon for a bloom to happen. I just keep thinking my filter isnt working properly. Any suggestions please

small fry 11-06-2010 07:19 AM

That's strange. How big is the tank?

Carson45 11-06-2010 07:23 AM

its a 50gal tank, looks like a cube

Carson45 11-06-2010 07:24 AM

Im thinking I should give it a week to see what happens but not sure

Chicklet 11-06-2010 09:57 AM

Reminds me,
Just last night I was pointing something out to my husband,
My wall of tanks pretty much all use the same types of submersible filters except 4,
Most rated for 10 gallons, which my wall tanks are all 10 gallons,
Anyways for the longest time 4 different tanks always seemed to run cloudy to some extreme or the other,
I gave up on trying to figure them out, everything did good in the tanks anyways, So I forgot about it,

Then a couple days ago I did some re-arranging here on a few tanks filters, I was left with 2 extra submersible filters, So I decided I would replace two of my wall tanks with these filters. You see there was 4 tanks on my wall that run the "hang on the back filters rated for 15 gallons ea and I never did like those guys from the water fall noise anyways. low and behold less than a day later those two tank I replaced with the submersible are crystal clear, It wasn't until last night it hit me,, The 4 cloudy tanks had the hang on back filters, the crystal clear was submersibles,,

So now I'm down to just two cloudy tanks, gonna be interesting to see if they clear too once I change their filters to submersible ones.

Carson45 11-06-2010 10:30 AM

I have a window behind my tank and the sun was coming through this morning I could see all the particles moving in the tank very well. Its for sure from the old gravel I put in there, Im going to do a 90% water change today

Byron 11-06-2010 12:10 PM

Cloudiness in a new tank varies depending upon many things. The type of gravel (I have one gravel that takes days and even weeks to fully settle, while other gravels take a couple days), the make-up of your water (bacteria, mineral content, etc), and the filter type all affect this. Give it time to settle. If it is a bacterial bloom water changes will make it worse or delay clearing. Bottom line is, whatever is causing it is probably harmless.

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