View Full Version : Fished Cycle - Cloudy Water????

04-14-2009, 01:46 AM
Hi everyone,
My friend gave me some guppies last night, i fed them some food and this morning i woke up and found the water is cloudy. (The tank is not cycled). Is this a bad thing or is it cycling???


04-14-2009, 01:49 AM
yes do you have a test kit?? if not go get one and while your at it do a 50% water change to protect your fish

04-14-2009, 01:50 AM
have you checked your water?

04-14-2009, 02:04 AM
Im going right now

04-14-2009, 02:06 AM
get an API liquid test kit. dont get the strips they arent very good,

04-14-2009, 02:16 AM
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0

Airstone: None
Temp: 24C Min
Fish: 20-30 Small Guppy Fry
Tank size: 47L (increased added extra 8L) Current Gross: 56L (14Gall)

04-14-2009, 02:20 AM
Its a bacterial bloom and from what I gather its usually "dead" bacteria. The stuff living on every surface of the tank, decorations and substrate dies when submersed and floats into the water. Then it is decomposed by other bacteria that are fine living in the water which clears up the water. But it could also be the opposite, the suddenly dechlorinated water provides a breeding ground for bacteria that rapidly grow and cloud up the water to eat any nutrients they can. They then die which clears up the water. Either way it will go away with a few water changes and time.

You will start seeing ammonia shortly however, so keep testing. Ask your friend to give you a small snippet of his filter media and you wont have to worry about going through the cycling process.

04-14-2009, 02:22 AM
Ok thanks, I think it makes sense, the tanks been out of use for about 2 weeks before i recommisioned it for this lot of fish...

04-14-2009, 02:47 AM
Welcome to the Fabulous AC!:22:
That peice of your freinds filter is very important.Get it as soon as possible!

04-14-2009, 03:01 AM
Umm theres one problem, he didnt have a filter he just used a pot, i tipped some of the water in last night.. I hope thats where the bacteria is coming from.

04-15-2009, 02:49 PM
Well, I dunno if this really belongs here now but, update
Ammonia Still close to 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0


Airstone Added
Water Change Peformed about 15% just for starters
And the guppies jumped out of the breeder hold i was putting them in until they grew so... I stopped the filter and stuffed some cotton balls in so they cant get in hopefully.... Now I know this seems daring but they always jump out (they wanna go for a swim) so a low flow hangon filter with a valve maybe?? Thats as close as we could get to filtration but I just wanna see... They came from a bowl so water changes must be their favoite event... (I know I've gotta do aleast more)