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Old 07-01-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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Water problems......

Hi, am just wondering!! Iv just set a new tank up and the water is really cloudy! I have a 130ltr aqua one tank, filter in the hood one. All running. Am just wondering how long it will take to clear?!?! And is there anything i can do to help it along!! Please help?!?!?
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it's most likely a bacterial bloom which is good. have you looked at the fishless cycling article yet? also for now on post in the general discussion forum

The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling
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I just want to add.. As I have a hood filter, the water doesn't move round a great deal, I have a large filter with power head in other tank and the water moves sooo quick. Do I need the water moving?? Lol
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you dont NEED it to, bc some fish would rather it be still like bettas but other fish need more oxygen. to fix this problem just add a bubbler.
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Cool, thanks for the help. How long do I need to let it run without fish? As I waited a day with last tank, done tests and all was perfect. And still got a load of fish I got 1st
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it's best to do a fishless cycle. read up on that article and it'll tell you just how to do it.
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it's best to do a fishless cycle. read up on that article and it'll tell you just how to do it.
Hi, the water has gone a little darker . I did add some filter aid... Dunno if I should of. Any ideas?
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I would stop adding any chemicals to the water besides a dechlorinator when doing PWCs. The water will clear on it's own. Chemical additives never address the root cause of a problem - they just mask symptoms.

The link that was posted above is a good place to start- you need to understand the nitrogen cycle in your tank, and how that works. There is more to starting up a new tank than filling with water and letting the filter run for a day.
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Should I do a part water change? Or just leave it for now??
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I would leave it for now. How are you planning on cycling the tank?
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