Cloudy water-- Please help!

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Cloudy water-- Please help!

Postby jm5mc5 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:11 pm

Hey Gang,

I need help. Since last here, I lost my 8 yr albino. But I'm up and running again with a new tiger, some dither fish and I just added a small pleco.

{my tank is 75g with a fluval}

Anyway, thanks to your advice, I'm no stranger to water changes and maintence. Until now.

Now, I change the water, and 2-3 days later is cloudy. I tried a 75% change and the same thing happened.

I'm lost. Levels are fine, it's the same water, food, temp, etc that I've been using for years. The tank isn't overloaded with a one yr old little oscar.

I rinsed the filter and bought new charcoal bags and tried again. Same result on a third change. I'm just so frustrated :-?

Any ideas? Suggestions?

Should I add a clarifier or is it just a band-aid?

You're the experts and my tank is in your hands.

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Re: Cloudy water-- Please help!

Postby Kmuda » Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:04 pm

We need a little more information. Was there a period of time where the tank did not hold any fish before you added your current stocking? In other words, is the existing stock a recent addition?

Is the cloudiness grey, green, white, yellow?

What are you using for substrate?

What filtration is on the tank?

Do you know your current water parameters (Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate)?

I don't recommend any of the clarifiers. These products basically act as clotting agents, binding together particles in the water so that they drop to the substrate or are picked up by filtration. The problem? They can also adhere to your fish's gills disrupting osmoregulation.
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Re: Cloudy water-- Please help!

Postby jm5mc5 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:33 pm

White cloudy

The tank & fish have been established for a year

Same everything -- same food, same fish, same gravel

Levels are negligible because of recent change-- no spikes in anything
I don't have the numbers in hand right now
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Re: Cloudy water-- Please help!

Postby ~RuSh~ » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:23 am

We still need to know what the test results are. What it sounds like is the tank is not cycled, or you are experiencing a mini-cycle. If that is the case, the spike in ammonia or nitrite are providing a food source for heterotrophic bacteria to bloom causing your cloudy water.

Of course without the test results, we cannot be sure. :)
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Re: Cloudy water-- Please help!

Postby TUCCI » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:45 pm

I know this threads is a few weeks old but..Keep feeding the same and doing your regular WCs and leave it for a few weeks. If after 3 wks its still cloudy,come back on.
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