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07-29-2013, 10:27 PM #1
White Cloudy Water
I'm setting up a new tank and I'm having a very hard time clearing the water it has a milky cloudy look. I rinsed the new gravel before I put it in, but I didn't rinse the gravel that I took from my established tank. I have done several water changes and nothing has really helped, What should I do?
07-29-2013, 10:32 PM #2
Hi. Did you move established filter media to your new tank from your old? is the new tank larger than the old tank? if so, your tank is most likely going through a new cycle to catch up to the larger bio load and what you're seeing is a bacterial bloom. If so, it will eventually go away on it's own as the bacteria colonizes in your filter.
This answer is a shot in the dark. More information on your new tank would help. like the size, if you did move media, if you started from scratch, if you have fish in it etc.
Please provide some specifics and we can be more helpful.
also - what are your water perimeters? ammonia? nitrites? nitrates?
07-29-2013, 10:44 PM #3
07-29-2013, 10:49 PM #4
How long ago did you move the old filter media to the 40 gal? Are you feeding the media ammonia to keep it alive until you add fish to the tank? If it's been more than 48 hours since you moved it and if you're not feeding it you may be experiencing a bacteria die off. Not saying that's what's causing the haze but if you aren't feeding it, and it's been a while since you moved it, you're going to be starting your cycle from square one. can you clarify a little bit more what's happening in the tank with that info in mind?
07-29-2013, 10:53 PM #5
Its only been 48 hours since I moved the media over.
07-29-2013, 10:58 PM #6
If you have some pure ammonia (doesn't foam or bubble when you shake the bottle), I'd feed 1 or 2 tsp to the tank. then check your parameters tomorrow. If you're still showing 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and some nitrate, you're probably okay. If you don't have any ammonia, feed it some fish flakes. Better yet, if you have some fish you can move into the tank, even temporarily, they will produce enough waste to keep the media alive.
but I wouldn't wait any longer if you want to save the BB.
07-29-2013, 11:29 PM #7
I moved a couple of my platys over and gave them some fish flakes. I'm so new to this thank you for your fast response! There is so much contradicting information on cycling your tank on the internet!
07-29-2013, 11:39 PM #8
07-29-2013, 11:46 PM #9
We all have to start somewhere :)
07-30-2013, 01:03 AM #10
we all DID start somewhere and have been in the same boat.
The platies will help keep things going if the BB didn't die off. Keep in mind that your biological filter will grow to sustain the amount of stock you have. So 2 platies is not going to cause the bacteria to grow very rapidly or to create a large colony of beneficial bacteria or to keep the BB you have alive in the volume it was before. You might want to add a couple more fish.
Do check your ammonia, nitrites and nitrates asap. (preferably with an API liquid master test kit as it's the most accurate). Any ammonia and or nitrite reading that goes over .25ppm means you have lost your BB in your media. The fix for that is to start doing water changes on any day you get a reading above .25 on Ammonia or nitrites. Daily water changes won't last forever but you need to protect your fish until the BB recolonizes.
Again - I wouldn't worry too much about the cloudy water. It will go away in time.
Quick question - did you by any chance rinse your established media in tap water? If so, you killed your BB and are definitely starting over.
I am also assuming you left some of the media in your 20 gallon? If so, be prepared for a mini cycle in that tank simply because the biological filters will have to rebuild BB to bring it up to a level to once again accommodate your stock. you may see some cloudy water in that tank as well if and when you get another bacterial bloom. it's all good and will go away. just watch the water parameters on that tank as well to make certain you don't experience an ammonia spike. if you do - again - water changes will take care of it.
continue to ask questions especially if any of this confuses you :o) we are all here to help
Last edited by fishmommie; 07-30-2013 at 01:10 AM.