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Old 08-13-2017, 03:00 PM   #1
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Cloudy Water! Help!

I set up my 20 gallon tank about a week ago. I am using a 30 gallon aquaclear filter. The temperature is 75 F. I have 1 small oranda, 3 small common goldfish, and 1 small common pleco in my tank. I have been feeding them tetra goldfish floating variety pellets and tetrafin golfish flakes 3 times a day. A few days ago the water began turning cloudy. I added in 20 ml of tetra aquasafe and a little bit of jungle start right to condition the tap water. It stayed cloudy so I took out about 10% of the water and added new. It cleared up a little bit not all the way but went cloudy again, so I added API AmmoLock to try and detoxify the ammonia in the water but it did not help. What should I do now?
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I'll give a little response and wait for the experts to come along for the best advice!

Firstly, that tank is too small for probably 1 goldfish, let along 3. Also, goldfish are cold water fish, so they're probably not going to appreciate the heated tank.

The cloudy water could be cause by many things, and one of them may be a bacterial bloom because this is a new tank (that would be a normal thing). There are a ton of articles on here about the nitrogen cycle, I suggest you read up on that and also grab yourself a test kit if you don't have one. That way you can check your actual water before using anything that isn't needed.
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I'll give a little response and wait for the experts to come along for the best advice!

Firstly, that tank is too small for probably 1 goldfish, let along 3. Also, goldfish are cold water fish, so they're probably not going to appreciate the heated tank.

The cloudy water could be cause by many things, and one of them may be a bacterial bloom because this is a new tank (that would be a normal thing). There are a ton of articles on here about the nitrogen cycle, I suggest you read up on that and also grab yourself a test kit if you don't have one. That way you can check your actual water before using anything that isn't needed.


Thank you so much! I'm looking to get a bigger tank soon.
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I suggest you return the fish.
Cycle your tank.
Then get fish that are appropriate for that size tank.
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Okay, so what you are having (if it's a milky colour in the water) is a bacterial bloom.
The indicates the 'nitrogen cycle' is starting.
It's will clear it time, however this means you are doing the fish in cycle which can be dangerous to the fish.
Unless you are going to take the fish back and cycle the tank without fish in... I strongly urge you to read up on the fish in cycle.
And please buy a water test kit, API is the best.
Your tank is overstocked imo
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