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Old 11-10-2016, 01:04 AM   #1
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Help! Cloudy Water problems!

<br /><br />I am new to this I upgraded from a 1 1/2 gallon fish tank to a 10 gallon thinking it would fix my cloudy water issue. I use spring water plus safe start. I have had the 10 gallon for about 3 weeks now with 2 25% water changes and 1 50%. I also quit feeding daily just everyother day. It was cloudy by the next morning after upgrading to the 10 gallon.<br /><br />Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk
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Old 11-10-2016, 03:38 AM   #2
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Is very common for new tanks to go cloudy in the early stages, if I was you I would stop doing water changes and you should see within a week it starting to clear then you can carry on doing water changes.
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Old 11-10-2016, 03:43 PM   #3
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They have solutions for cloudy water treatment but it's usually best to find the cause & fix it. Over feeding, new set ups, improper filtration are my guess. Is your filters, media adequate for tank size ? Clean your filtration system, feed no more than 2-3 times a day only as much as they will eat within a few min & discard any leftovers. Invest in Prime conditioner. It is the best & only water additive you'll need. Proper water changes & check water regularly.
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Thank you for your reply so. My tank has an Aqua-Tech 5-15 gallon filter and My tank consists of 4 glo fish, 1 algae eater, and 1 goldfish looking fish... it looks a littler clearer today but some water has evaporated. I'm not sure if I should just top it off or do another water change being as it is getting clearer. I don't want to mess up the cycle.
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:20 PM   #5
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How long ago did you do your last water change ? What are your lvls or have you tested them ?
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Old 11-10-2016, 04:23 PM   #6
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I'm not sure of the type of algae eater you have but if it is a common Pleco which are popular & sold about everywhere cheap, you will need a bigger tank very soon or relocate him. Mines 12.5 inches Was no more than a couple inches long when we bought him Click image for larger version

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Old 11-10-2016, 04:24 PM   #7
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I did a water change about 3 days ago. And yes that it the type of algae eater I have. Oh my!
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It's hard to say on the water change without knowing your levels. An API freshwater master test kit is sold at any fish/pet store for maybe $15. You'll want to test your levels & that'll help to know how often or how much of a change to do as they can easily be poisoned from ammonia (especially in new tanks), nitrates, & nitrites. Click image for larger version

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ID:	290796. I think without a kit, I'd let it be for another few days. Any time changing or adding water, be sure to use the solution & do smaller changes to keep from throwing ph balance off. More often if needed but strongly suggest a kit. That's where your answer is.
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It doesn't sound like your tank has been cycled. May want to read up on some forums or plenty of YouTube videos on it. If your tank isn't cycled, it's very stressful/poisonous on your fish & hate to say it but will prolly end up losing them. Hard to do a cycle with fish in the tank & survive unless they're very hardy. If there's any thing I can do to help, don't hesitate to ask. I don't want to sound like a know it all & I know it can be overwhelming when first starting off. I lost a lot of fish unfortunately, now long time fish keeper of multiple tanks. Best of luck to you. Feel free to pm if needed.
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Thank you so much!
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Buy some Seachem Prime, it helps detoxify Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates. Have your water tested, it looks like a bacterial bloom which means your NitrAtes (last part of you cycling) are high and beneficial bacteria is growing.
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