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PostSubject: cloudy water   9/1/2010, 2:05 pm

i set up my 10 gal tanks with partial water that the fish were in and fresh water this was yesterday afternoon i also hooked up a sponge filter with a small air pump but the water is pretty cloudy.. about 30 mins ago i just did a partial 50/50 water change from water the rest of my tanks are hooked up on but it didnt seem to get any better i also installed a lil powerhead to get the water flowing whats the deal i need help on this one if someone could
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PostSubject: Re: cloudy water   9/1/2010, 2:14 pm

It should clear up. When i do water changes, it's sometimes cloudy for a full day. Matter of fact, i just did one this morning on my 180g SW, and it looks loke soup. You could try running some charcoal, that might help. Wouldn't woory too much about it.
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PostSubject: Re: cloudy water   9/1/2010, 2:15 pm

are you using sand for substrate? IF SO...is is it new sand??
because sand when yous 1st put in a tank is Really cloudy and messy you just have to give it time to settle......
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PostSubject: Re: cloudy water   9/1/2010, 2:16 pm

nope its gravel and i rinsed it b4 hand its very lil as well (go to chat)
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PostSubject: Re: cloudy water   9/1/2010, 2:48 pm

let it for a few days, it should clear up by itself, make sure you have carbon in your filter and you have a good water flow..
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PostSubject: Re: cloudy water   9/1/2010, 5:27 pm

It's a (beneficial) bacterial bloom. Perfectly normal part of the cycling process. It'll clear up as it colonizes filter media and substrate. It could get super cloudy beforehand though. I wouldn't do any more water changes as that knocks the bacteria back again. Just let it do it's thing over the next few days. If you're going to be switching from the sponge filter to another form of filtration I'd look at adding that as soon as possible. Otherwise it's likely to happen again when you do. Congrats on getting the new tanks set up!
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