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Old 08-23-2017, 09:04 AM   #1
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Biocube 16 - cloudy???

Hi guys - my 10 year old son Reed and I are new the hobby and we just recently finished cycling a BioCube 16 for his room. All parameters are in check. We used live sand and rock to start the cycle a while back. We had some hitch hiker snails that seem to be doing good.

So just to try things out I added a coral banded shrimp last night and woke up this morning and the water was cloudy. I did the drip method to mix water. I don't remember bumping anything, but I did have a certain cat who was studying the tank. I guess he could have bumped it at some point but it doesn't seem like it would have made the water go cloudy?

Any advice? Otherwise shrimp looks like he's good.

** One of thing I thought us was that when I was floated the bag to acclimate temp wise it raised the water level and pushed water to a part of the filter that hadn't been used very much and that could have caused?
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If it just finished cycling it could be a bacterial bloom. I doubt it is bad unless....
Did you test the water for ammonia? Does it smell?
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Yep check ammonia before I did anything with the shrimp. It was 0ppm. I'm just going to let it keep running and seeing if it clears itself up. I thought about a water change but didn't want to stir up any other things that might be going? Shrimps just chilling on the live rock.
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Yeah sounds like a bacterial bloom to me. Wouldn't worry about it just monitor ammonia and if that rises definitely do a wc. Should clear itself up otherwise
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Activated carbon will also clear up a bacterial bloom.
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Still cloudy

I was hoping the tank would have cleared up by now since it's only a biocube 16.

Gonna drive and get some water from LFS this weekend and do a water change. Any recs on amount? 15 or 25%?



** And it's not awful just not super clear like you'd want.
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These things take time. I'd say 25, simply so you can have some spare water on hand and only do a 15. Store it as your emergency water.
While you are there, get some activated carbon to run in the system. It'll clear the bacterial bloom up.
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Sorry if this is a dumb question but where do I actually put the activated carbon? Just in with the current filter?
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That'll be fine.


Tank has cleared up all is well!!
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