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HELP!!!! cloudy tank water

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by logan mackrell, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. logan mackrell

    logan mackrell Thread Starter Member

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    Just put playsand in my 75 gallon tank, and it has been cloudy for 2 days now ): I really should've researched it b4 I got it. I rinsed it for 10-15 minutes, dumped it in, and filled with water. So what do I do now? Wait it out, or water change or what ??????!!!!!!????? Pleeeeaaaaaaassseeee help! Thanks
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  2. buzz4520

    buzz4520 Well-Known Member

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    if there isn't any fish in it yet, then you could do a large water change, drain it to the top of the sand. when you go to refill it, add the water as slow as you can not to stir up the sand. try putting a bowl on top of the sand and run the water in it.
     
  3. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    You can do as stated above, are the filter(s) running? Since it has been 2 days all of the larger, impellar killing particles have settle, running a filter may help to clear the water. It usually does IME take a few days for the cloudiness to subside.
     
  4. logan mackrell

    logan mackrell Thread Starter Member

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    no there arent any fish, so i will probly do the water change, and no i dont have the filters running in fear that the sand will break it. thanks for the great idea! but if i dont do the water change, will it eventually subside???
     
  5. HBIC

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    It should yes, however it may take longer. Be careful when doing the water change to not stir the sand up more. I would run filters as, like I said I would think that all the heavy particles that have the potential to ruin the filter(s) have settled by now since it has been two days since the tank has been set up. Add some filter floss or batting to the filter to filter out the super fine particles that are clouding your water.
     
  6. logan mackrell

    logan mackrell Thread Starter Member

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    ok thanks! im gunna start the filter tommorow, then if it doesnt clear up by monday, im going to do the water change.
     
  7. buzz4520

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    as far as running your filter, you can add a pre filter on your filter intake to catch any of the larger sand particals before they get sucked into the impeller. when i had sand in my 10g i had a aquaclear 30 running on it, i bought an extra sponge for it and cut a slit in one end and slid it over the intake tube.
     
  8. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    A1 advice Buzz that is a great suggestion :)
     
  9. logan mackrell

    logan mackrell Thread Starter Member

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    WATER CHANGE=LIFE SAVER now I can finally start getting more rock for my tank!!!! Thanks so much!!!
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  10. HBIC

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    Looking good, glad you got that all solved :)
     
  11. bouncer36

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    What kind of fish are you going to put in it? Freshwater or saltwater
     
  12. buzz4520

    buzz4520 Well-Known Member

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    your welcome logan....glad i could help. tank is looking good.
     
  13. logan mackrell

    logan mackrell Thread Starter Member

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    I'm doing an all male African peacock tank. What other types of fish could I put in there??
     
  14. logan mackrell

    logan mackrell Thread Starter Member

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    Here's an update of the tank. Just finished placing river rocks and a large lavarock center piece
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  15. HBIC

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    I would stick with just the peacocks.
     
  16. logan mackrell

    logan mackrell Thread Starter Member

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    alright cool. so how many could i do? correct me if this is to much, but i was thinking somewhere between 15 and 20. supposedly ur supposed to over stock your tank to spread out aggression.
     
  17. HBIC

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    I am not the best at stocking, but that is the general rule if you are doing an all male tank like you are. Have you checked to see what www.aqadvisor.com says?
     
  18. logan mackrell

    logan mackrell Thread Starter Member

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    That is normally a pretty good source for stocking :) Let us know what you find out :)
     
  20. logan mackrell

    logan mackrell Thread Starter Member

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    i can do about 25 cichlids