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Old 06-17-2018, 05:33 PM   #1
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Hello, New to the site. I used to have a large aquarium (60 gal) a long time ago, and recently came into possession of a small 5 gal tank that I decided to set up for fun. I did not realize the tank would be too small for most tropical fish. I have filtered water to my home. I just did my first cleaning of the gravel and a partial water change due to high nitrate levels. My 5 tetras had gone to just 4 and were in distress and no longer eating. Of course there was a waste sludge on the bottom. Once cleaned and water changed, at first all seemed better. Fish were eating again, acting normal. Then water got cloudy. I added some clarifier and it mAde it worse. Fish are gulping for air at surface and acting distressed again. I am adjusting the pH (it was too alkaline) and did another partial water exchange. Water is still cloudy.... What now???
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Continue to do water changes. Cloudy water is not usually a problem. Elevated ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate can be a problem.
What is the pH of the source water IMO, I would not adjust it.
How long has this tank been setup?
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Tank is couple months since start up. Source water pH is 7.5. Ammonia and nitrates nitrates are under control now per test strips. I think I have a bloom
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That pH is fine.
Ammonia and nitrite should be zero and nitrates 5-40 ppm (depends on who you ask).
Bacterial blooms are not a bad thing necessarily. They may take days or weeks to subside. Just keep up with the water changes.
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