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Old 07-28-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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Pea soup water???

So about a week ago I cleaned both of my filters which I now understand is a no no!! All me fish are eating and as active as normal but my water went cloudy I've tried a water change no good. Just come home from work and my tank is like pea soup what is going on ??
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:12 PM   #2
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What are your nitrates? You left that one out...I can't think of anything that could cause that to happen overnight like that..You havent done a pwc or anything? cause thats just odd....Wish I could be of more assistance...
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:45 PM   #3
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Do a massive water change...clean all your rocks with a power head...if you don't have a filter sock get one because blowing off your rocks will be useless if you don't have a filter sock to catch all the excess waste from the rocks...green water is usually caused by algae which explodes in high nitrate water...DO MASSIVE WATER CHANGE!!!! if you have high nitrates you will need to do a 30% every 4 to 5 days to stabilize nitrates... after you remove the water ADD ONE BUCKET every half hour because if you lower the nitrates too quickly the fish can die...
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:50 PM   #4
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Could this stem from cleaning both filters as I haven't had problems like this with my water before
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:54 PM   #5
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Did you put in new carbon? I would suggest checking your nitrates asap
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:07 PM   #6
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Yes when my water went cloudy my lfs suggested to switch my normal carbon pads for api crystal so not sure if that has anything to do with it :$ checking nitrate now I guessing it's going to be sky high then..... I've done a 25% water change and hasn't touched it
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:13 PM   #7
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What is the procedure for nitrate testing as I've lost my card i.e add 10 drops sake then add 10 drops from second bottle?
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:14 PM   #8
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Carbon is MUCH MUCH better at cleaning the water. I would suggest switch back to carbon. Since, you did the water change a week ago you can do another water change without any problems. Do either a 30% or even better a 3rd of the tank. Like I said if nitrates are high you have to slowly add in new water every 30mins.
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Yea u guys are spot on as usual! Nitrate is between 20 and 40 how harmful is this to my fish?
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:27 PM   #10
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Very very bad, basically nitrates is created by fish poop, don't worry fishies are tough ^^. Do a 3rd of your tank water change asap and get carbon and throwout that crystal stuff...call up any water filter company and they will tell you they use carbon to filter their water...

I know I said this already but I will say it again...YOU MUST ADD YOUR NEW SALTERWATER IN SLOWLY!!! every 30mins...i am stressing this because you must slowly lower the nitrates or else it can shock the fish
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