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Old 10-16-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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About how long does it take for a bacteria colony to become established in a large filter? I set up and Eheim Pro 3 2075 five days ago but the water is still cloudy. Any information as to how long it will take this particular filter to become fully functional?

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Is there an ammonia source to feed a bacteria colony?

Five days is rarely enough. Think more like thirty days with sufficient ammonia.

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Also, if the water is cloudy, did you rinse the filter media before inserting it into the filter? Did you rinse the substrate well? And all decorations?
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