Originally Posted by paul crinnion
I have just set up a new cold water tank and have not fully cycled it properly so the water is a bit clouded. Think did not leave the tank and pumps running long enough.Problem is I've now got a couple of fish in. Is there anything I can do or add to speed up the process and balance the water without affecting the fish? Any advise appreciated, especially if an easy quick fix
This is a simple thing. You're cycling your tank with fish. This way is very efficient. Cold water however, presents a challenge. You'll need to use cold water fish. Danios come to mind. Very hardy and will easily tolerate the changes in water conditions associated with the nitrogen cycle.
You need to test the tank water daily for traces of ammonia and nitrite. If you have a positive test, remove and replace 25 percent of the tank water with treated tap water. Feed the fish sparingly. At roughly 30 days, you'll have several daily tests with no traces of the above forms of nitrogen. The tank is cycled.
Add a cold water floating plant to the tank. Hornwort is a good one. It's a natural water filter and will help maintain somewhat better water conditions.