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Old 01-30-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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Well hello there everyone - I guess people join forums because 1, they want to do their best for their fish and 2, they need advice and boy I need it by the fishtank full.

I bought an aquanano 30 on Sunday. I followed instructions meticulously, so I thought. I washed substrate, added start up drops etc and it looked perfect, however, last night, I realized that I had emptied the ceramic noodles from the bag straight into the chamber. ( should not have done this) so fished them out, put them back in the bag. Well this morning, my water has turned cloudy/milky. I have no fish in the tank, was advized by shop to leave it 3/4 days ( was going to buy a couple of fish at the weekend). I have been running the tank at stated temperature, so apart from my misadventure with the noodles...)

Wondering what to do - trawled the net and there are as many different pieces of advice as there are fishes in the sea. Some say that I should not put fish in for at least 2 months, others say that a tank will not "cycle" until fish are added!


So, I really do not know what to think/do...... am hoping that you experts out there will be able to give me some sound advice. Am slightly worried that by fishing out the noodles last night may have introduced bacteria into the tank, as cloudy only happenend after this.

Many many, hopeful thanks.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I'd start reading some of the articles here on the forum and also start a thread in the freshwater section so more people will view it and be able to offer up advice.

I'd suggest since you have no fish yet doing a fish less cycle.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/tips-a...ishless-cycle/
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:28 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! Since you are new to fish keeping I suggest trying a fishless cycle to get the beneficial bacteria growing in your tank, before you buy fish. It's easier all around. Here are a few articles you may find helpful.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/guide-...ater-aquarium/

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/fishin...tep-dark-side/

The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling

Good luck!
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