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cloudy water?

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants & Planted Tanks' started by ilovefish123, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    i set up a new tank yesterday and the water seems to me white like really cloudy how can i fix this ?
     
  2. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    What's in the tank ?
     
  3. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    its a 40 gallon breeder with 5 tiger barbs and a new sword plants .. could it be from the new filter pads ?
     
  4. FishVixen

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    It's a new set up so may take a couple of days to clear up. I wouldn't mess with it.
     
  5. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    Have you tested your water ? It's probably from ammonia.
     
  6. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    no i havent yet but could i use accu clear for cloudy water ? will that help i have some that i had from a while ago
     
  7. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    No, it will not help.
     
  8. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    now there is a layer on the top of the water its like when i put my finger in the tank it moves away from my finger then when i take my finger out of the water it moves back it looks like gas in water but like white
     
  9. ilovefish123

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  10. Anthony

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    A surface film is due to lack of surface water movement. Depending on the filter you have you might have to install an air pump.
     
  11. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    i have a fluvel 4plus, fluvel 1plus one marineland 350 hang on and a ehiem 2215
     
  12. Anthony

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    Is the surface of your water moving ?

    Did you overfeed the fish ? When you first set up a tank it's important not to put a lot of food in the tank because uneaten food, or even fat fish (from eating too much) produce way more ammonia then normal and that will lead to problems you're seeing now.
     
  13. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    yea the surface in moving A LOT . and i didnt feed the fish wet i set it up about 16 hours ago
     
  14. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    You need to pick up a test kit and test the water to see what's really going on.
     
  15. FishVixen

    FishVixen Active Member

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    I bet your gravel wasn't clean enough.
     
  16. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    its the gravel used in the last tank and i rinsed it so ..
     
  17. FishVixen

    FishVixen Active Member

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    But it could still be dirty. It takes hours of rinsing. You probably have a bacterial bloom from the gravel so give it a few days patience is the name of the game. I have a 55 that I set up with sand that's been cloudy for 2 days now and just starting to clear on it's own.
     
  18. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    the water is Cristal clear nowi added accu clear and i only took about 1 hour for the water to clear completely thanks though
     
  19. MOD_Dawn

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    accu clear will just mask it if it's an ammonia problem.
    Just sayin!