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    N00ZE

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    Cloudy water?

    Post by N00ZE on Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:43 am

    WTH? I've had the fresh water tank running for up to two months now. and I've got cloudy water.. but all water tests are good.. what would this be? And have been doing regular water tests trying to clear it but still nothing..
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    zeketaz

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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by zeketaz on Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:26 am

    Sounds like possible bacteria bloom. What color is it white or green cloudy? Whatever you do don't add any chemicals to the water to try and "clear" it up.
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    Post by N00ZE on Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:07 am

    its like if i put a half a cup of milk to the water. I can see threw it but its milky..
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    zeketaz

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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by zeketaz on Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:56 am

    You could be having a mini cycle. If you know someone else with a freshwater tank and can get some filter squeezings just to be on the safe side I would do that.

    Hope fern chimes in since she would know more.

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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by joefish72 on Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:00 am

    This sounds like a classic bacteria bloom and the best solution is water changes and time. DO NOT try and treat this with any chemicals at all, as with most aquarium issues water changes are your best solution. It will take from a couple weeks to a couple months for this to clear up but it will go away. I would go to 1/3 water changes every other day until the problem is resolved.
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    Fern
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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by Fern on Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:02 pm

    I agree.
    If you want it to clear up quicker a UV sterilizer is one way to go. But do not use any of the chemicals to clear it, will only make it worse and prolong it.


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    N00ZE

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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by N00ZE on Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:24 pm

    I actually added a air stone to it and it is now crystal clear... WTF?
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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by Fern on Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:37 pm

    Weird uncommon bacterial bloom, you need to keep your surface agitation increased, Glad its on the mend!!!!!


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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by Fern on Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:37 pm

    Also Glad you didn't have to invest in a UV those can get pricey!!!!!!


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    N00ZE

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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by N00ZE on Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:49 pm

    Thanks.
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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by Fern on Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:24 pm

    No problem! That's what we are here for! I would like to know if it continues to stay clear with the added agitation in the water.


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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by joefish72 on Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:52 pm

    N00ZE wrote:I actually added a air stone to it and it is now crystal clear... WTF?
    That's a new one for me, but good information to keep in mind. I've had this happen in the past and never though air flow could solve the problem.
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    N00ZE

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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by N00ZE on Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:31 am

    Checked on it tonight and all is good guys.

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    Re: Cloudy water?

    Post by Guest on Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:20 am

    That's cool that the air stone worked! Have to keep it in mind if I ever encounter such an incident. I've never had that happen unless I was cycling a tank. Once I had an issue when I was setting up an african cichlid tank. I was using (I think) aragonite and crushed coral for substrate and didn't rinse it well enough. I looked like I filled a 55 with milk! Took daily water changes, multiple filters, and a month for that to clear up!

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