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Old 09-05-2002, 11:20 AM   #1
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persistant clouding of water

OKay... so we had a little issue with our ammonia levels last week that caused our water to cloud up quite a bit. Now, after a series of water changes and treatments, our water is testing perfectly, but is still much cloudier than I would like. Is there anything that I can do to resolve this problem? I currently have a 60gal hexagonal tank, with a whisper filter, containing a needlenose gar, an opaline gaurami, a gold gaurami, a black knife fish, an H-Line cat, three black skirt tetras, and a tiretrack eel. I lost my most beloved dragon fish when the ammonia levels went up, and as of now am very concerned with adding any more chemicals to the water, and consequently I have no clue how to fix the clouding. Any help??
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Old 09-05-2002, 11:37 AM   #2
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Could be a bacteria bloom caused by the temporary high ammonia. Try reducing your feeding amount for a few days. Uneaten food contributes to the bio load of your already taxed system. I'm guessing it will go away in a few days.

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Old 09-05-2002, 12:06 PM   #3
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From your posting , I assume your tank is fairly newly set-up , and i would agree it is probably a bacterial bloom, it should clear up without harm to your fish, just be patient in addition to the earlier suggestions!
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Old 09-05-2002, 12:08 PM   #4
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it is a new set-up right? if not, why did you register ammonia levels at all? did you treat with some medication or what? 8O
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Old 09-05-2002, 01:49 PM   #5
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Yes, it is a new set up.. been running for about 3 and half weeks. Thanks for the advice, it's much appriciated.
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Old 09-05-2002, 03:09 PM   #6
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My personal option is that is an awful lot of fish to have in a tank that is just starting out.
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Yeah, the number of fish was actually a large concern of mine. I worked in a really great privately owned pet store for a very long time, and really learned a lot about aquariums.. that was 2 years ago however, so I'm a having to re-learn a lot of it. My signifigant other had kept several aquariums as well, and we'd decided to start this one together. So despite the fact that this is a horrible thing to do, I blame the early stocking of the tank on his persuasion. I have, however, after this experienced convinced him to leave everything as it is for at least 2 months until our system is better established. Thanks again for all the help.. I'm very pleased that there's somewhere as efficient as this forum.
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I just wanted to let everyone know that the water cleared and the ammonia levels stabalized. However, our tiretrack eel is missing.. I upturned all the rocks to see if maybe he was hiding, but he wasn't to be found. I'm afraid that he may have been eaten.
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Run your fingers through the gravel. If I remember correctly, tire tracks like to live in the gravel.
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glad to hear things are looking up for you! good luck finding the missing fish, i am curious to see if he's in the gravel
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