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07-29-2013, 09:27 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, 09:32 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, 09:44 PM #3
07-29-2013, 09:49 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, 09:53 PM #5
Its only been 48 hours since I moved the media over.
07-29-2013, 09:58 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.