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5 years ago #1
Andrea
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I finished the set up on the 5gal tank for me betta yesterday, I put in new gravel, and some live plants, I have the filter running but the water is cloudy and has been cloudy since yesterday, I thought maybe it was dust kicked up from the gravel when I added the water, but wouldn't it have settled by now?

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5 years ago #2
BarptProductions
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it depends, wat live plants did u put in? the best 4 bettas r anubias nana

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5 years ago #3
johnarthur
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Sometimes, it takes the dust a few days to settle. In addition, tap water from some wells has dissolved gasses, which show up as small bubbles in the water and on the glass. By the time the aquarium is cycled, the water should be clear.

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5 years ago #4
andrea
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before adding gravel to your tank you was suppose to rinse out the gravel until its clean

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5 years ago #5
johnarthur
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If it's a new setup, put the gravel in a clean bucket, put a hose in the bottom of the bucket, and run water through it to remove any debris. If it is sold as aquarium gravel, it's usually pretty clean and will not require much rinsing. After the aquarium is full and on its stand, you should run the filter and everything and put in any live plants. Do NOT, however, add fish until the nitrogen cycle is complete. Our search button at the top of the page will lead you to more information about the nitrogen cycle, and we're here to answer your questions.

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5 years ago #6
natalie
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hiya i had the same problem when i was setting up my tank and after adding all the water treatments to my tank and after about 3 days it was clear water and then asked the world of water aquarium and he told me to but my temperture up to 26 which is 75 F before i could put my fish in the tank and after that my water did go abit cloudy so i had bacteria bloom. which means that i had new tank syndrome which is rare in new tanks. I was adviced by a specialist at the world of water aquarium to use these drops called NUTRAFIN BIO CLEAR ABOUT 5MILS in my water and leave it for 24 to 48 hours and it helped clear my cloudness and after about 2 days i was able to put my fish in. Also try FLUVAL POLESTER FILTER PAD and that help me keep my water crystal clear.

Hope its useful some people might not agree lol

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5 years ago #7
Ebrahim
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Another good product to solve new tank syndrome is tetra safe start , also it helps cycle the tank

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5 years ago #8
johnarthur
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Clear water does not necessarily mean the aquarium is cycled and safe for fish. Cycling takes weeks and is indicated by the continuing absence of ammonia and nitrite.

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3 years ago #9
Fish lover
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I have a question. I also am a have a new tank with no fish. We are leaving in two weeks for three weeks before I want to get my fish. Will that be long enough for it to cycle completely?

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3 years ago #10
Mr. RainBow
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That should be long enough just make sure you rinse the gravel under tap water in a strainer then pour into the tank.
I use outside water from my hose and my bettas love it!

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3 years ago #11
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It's not only rinsing gravel you need to do, but also wait 6-8 weeks before adding any fish. I made a mistake of doing a 100% water change, which you should NEVER do. I learned that from the pet store clerk at Petco that tanks get re-established when you do that.
Also use Ammonia Clear before adding fish according to the directions and sometimes if you find the drops that makes the particles stick together, you can make it faster for the good bacteria to settle.
However, I do reccommend consulting a fish store clerk who knows fish very well. You may want to do partial water changes if the cloudyness lasts way too long or check your filters often if you already get your fish and your water gets extremely murky.
Goldfish are very dirty, I read it online at a fish site.
And from experience, they can be pigs. Be careful because they can become bullies to other fish and steal their food or eat the fries. I once bought a bunch of feeder fish (my friend's idea, he paid) and most of them died from ick (tempurature drop too dramatic- use a heater at night), but the last one that has survived it all was eaten by my goldfish.
Also if any of your suckerfish are eating Algae wafers, make sure they are about the size of an adult's half of a forefinger(I have small hands). When you start getting fish, start with just a black and white american suckerfish, they are harty and clean the tank well. If they are babies, make sure the goldfishes are small too because they WILL eat small pieces of algae wafers. I got a second suckerfish that was a little smaller and he starved to death because of that.
And if you get chinese suckerfish, make sure that your heater is perfectly set to 72 degrees F. They die of ick just as fast as regular fish.

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3 years ago #12
johnarthur
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This is how a nitrogen cycle works:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/358.html

Before adding fish, make sure ammonia and nitrite measure zero and nitrate is below 40 ppm.

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3 years ago #13
Loraine
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Hi I bought a fish tank yesterday my water is cloudy to I put sand in the bottom instead is this why.

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3 years ago #14
Lynch
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you still have to rinse sand before adding it to the tank, and i really don't suggest adding it to a fish tank because if it stirs up it could choke the fish. i've had an angelfish die from that along with a cichlid.

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3 years ago #15
Lynch
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I bought a fifty five gallon and cycled it for four months, it really varies on how big the tank is as to how long you cycle it. I just took four months because it got new tank syndrome and i had to treat the water. the first fish i added was a full grown pictus, and when he started to thrive I added in two fish at a time (one for the larger fish, like angels and my lil ram cichlid) until i had about six serpae tetras, a snail, the ram cichlid and five angels. that's all i'm putting in the tank since i keep getting contradicting stories on how big angelfish actually get.

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3 years ago #16
Joshua
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your fish got suct in the filter

ps: you dont need a filter-the truth

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3 years ago #17
jlk
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Joshua wrote:
your fish got suct in the filter

ps: you dont need a filter-the truth


I am sorry but all fish need filtration. Your filter media also houses the largest portion of your good bacteria because its where they have a constant supply of oxygen & food which they need to survive.
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2 years ago #18
pamk59
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did you rinse the gravel until it came out clear? also i learned something new ill pass along you can go to a pet store and buy a box of activated carbon their already in a mesh bag, follow instructions on box give it a couple days and the cloudyness will be gone now i go to walmart and buy a couple containers of activated carbon and go to the material area and get the one that looks like you would make a bridal veil out of it and get a yard or 2 i got 2 and sew your own bags filled with carbon and put it in with the filter in the back.

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2 years ago #19
pamk59
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she just bought the tank not the fish yet.

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2 years ago #20
omer
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hi.. i have 2 by 1 feet tank and only 1 fish in it (flowerhorn )..i have a electronic filter ..but even then every often it gets cloudy i even change 40% of water every week ...i dont overfeed it neighter have any gravel nor plants,sand in it etc..so plz plz plz kindly sugest me what should i do to keep my tank water cristel cleen..?/ plzzz sugest

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2 years ago #21
pamk59
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hi did you try the carbon trick.

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2 years ago #22
anthonyfavazza
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you always should have a filter, in order to convert nitrites and catch suspended particals.

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2 years ago #23
cross
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i had the same problem when i used colored gravel but when i changed the gravel i noticed all the powder from the gravel so i put in the beige stone looking gravel and now the tank looks perfect
in my other tank i put the beige stone gravel and then thoroughly washed the green gravel and put that over the stone gravel and that water looks good also
sometimes it is called new tank syndrome but if after 3 days the water is still cloudy check the gravel
try using the vacuum hose on the bottom of the gravel to see if the powder is coming up

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2 years ago #24
johnarthur
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Very often while a nitrogen cycle is getting established, pH will fluctuate and the water will cloud.

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2 years ago #25
RICHARD
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external filter,is the best in our aquarium.don't use internal filter.the advantages of external filter is, they have, ceramics ring, activated carbon,bio balls & bio sponge.the activated carbon & ceramics ring,can clear the water in a capacity of 6 months.take note .......the activated carbon , is very important to clear the water in our aquarium.liquids & chemical to clarifies the water are not good.have a bad effect to our pet.

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2 years ago #26
SREEJI99
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its always better to have a single fish especially gold fish or female guppy to cycle the tank faster. better cycling happens with fish.

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2 years ago #27
Pjcc
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Do I know how to get rid of the white bump on my fishes nose
I don't want to go to serious work I just want to make it better
But I don't know what it Is
Thx

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2 years ago #28
ana
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Hi
I just set up my tank yesterday no fish and is really cloudy I am using sand insted of gravel now I am waiting for real plants to arrive to set up in the acuarium, I was told for the care of my plants I needed c02 so I pursache tablets for them and fertilizer my tank is a 30gal tank how long do i need to wait afther my plants arrive to add fish and the water to clear please help.

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2 years ago #29
ana
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I think that is the ick problem you need medicine for them and ask a person with good knowlage how to proper use it with ur fish, or it might kill them.

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1 year ago #30
ngatake
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hi

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