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serpaekeeper45 05-21-2007 08:20 AM

Water change question
Hi I have a 10 gallon tank that recently got terribly cloudy.I did a water change,and 3 minutes after the water change it was cloudy.I thought that that was just what happens after a water change so I left it.It lasted a couple of days so I did another change.Same thing.How much water should I take out when I change the water?And also should I dechoronate the water when I put it back in?If so,how much?

Amphitrite 05-21-2007 08:55 AM

Ok, a couple of questions. How long has the tank been up and running, and did you rinse the gravel thoroughly before putting it in?

I change roughly 30 percent of the water each week, and always dechlorinate the water before adding to the tank. Ensure that the water being added is at the same temperature at the tank water.

leifthebunny 05-21-2007 10:27 AM

You should definitely dechlorinate the water. Chlorine itself will evaporate, but chloromines will just sink to the bottom of the tank. As for how much, it depends on your dechlorinator. I use seachem and it's 1 drop per gallon, but I do 1.5 normally.

serpaekeeper45 05-21-2007 04:18 PM

It has been up and running for about 4 months.When I first put the gravel in I did rinse it out pretty good.After all of the other water changes I have done,The water was clear right away.Also if it makes a difference,I just got a snail yesterday.I do a water change once a week,and I just dont know what to do.

miagrrl 05-21-2007 08:28 PM

my 10 gallon tank just went through this sort of thing, twice. if it has been up and running a few weeks and you haven't "hoovered" the gravel, you may have stirred up some anaerobic pockets of bacteria. (i am assuming its white cloudy, not green cloudy). also, have you tested your water, and how many fish are in the tank? a 10 gallon can be tough to get going, small accidents really mess with it quickly, cause there isn't that much water.
gravel vac once a week with your water change (10-30% change), and yes dechlorinate it BEFORE adding it to the tank. i would try algone if it hasn't cleared up in a few days- it works on all types of cloudy issues, not just algae.

serpaekeeper45 05-21-2007 10:11 PM

I have been dechloronating the water before I put it in,I was just making sure that I was doing It right.I am going to petco tomorro to get some things and I will get a test kit and algetone wile Im there.What did you do to get rid of the cloudiness in yours?

miagrrl 05-22-2007 08:09 AM

i did a 20% water change, added one packet of algone to the filter, and then did nothing- stopped water changes, stopped messing with the water, and then it cleared in about 4 days, every time. (i say everytime becuase this happened to both my tanks more than once) petsmart won't have algone, i had to order it online, but it was well worth it. just know that if the cloudiness comes back, then you might be doing something wrong to cause it (like i was).

serpaekeeper45 05-23-2007 08:03 AM

Thanks for the advice everyone!!,but the tank just cleared up all by itself.
I got some live plants and they just cleared it right up,the plants were free!!

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