Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-22-2015, 09:07 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Australia
Posts: 29
Cloudy water on new setup

Hi all

Have just started my first aquarium which is 3ft 207 lts. So I have filled it up today after washing my gravel and ornaments and the water is still cloudy after 5 hours of filtration. I'm running an aqua 1200 external canister with fine, medium and coarse layers plus 2 trays of media noodles and bio balls. I have added water conditioner and bateria starter to the water as well.

I'm just wondering how long it should take to filter a tank of this size to clear ?

Or am I missing something here.
__________________

__________________
Brettyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2015, 09:37 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
gemach7's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 614
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brettyd View Post
Hi all



Have just started my first aquarium which is 3ft 207 lts. So I have filled it up today after washing my gravel and ornaments and the water is still cloudy after 5 hours of filtration. I'm running an aqua 1200 external canister with fine, medium and coarse layers plus 2 trays of media noodles and bio balls. I have added water conditioner and bateria starter to the water as well.



I'm just wondering how long it should take to filter a tank of this size to clear ?



Or am I missing something here.

Some gravel and sand take a lot to "rinse". Once put pea gravel on the bottom of my pond after rinsing for 2 hours I still had an orange cloud for 3 days. I have since removed the pea gravel but was an experience lol.

I would just be patient the cloudiness will not interfere with the nitrogen cycle. if want to clear up faster can add a small power head or circulation pump to help push the sediment into the filter. Be ready to rinse the filter pads in a bucket of tank water once it clears though.


Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice
__________________

__________________
gemach7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2015, 05:46 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: West Yorkshire, England
Posts: 1,295
New tanks can take days to clear, not hours. This is quite normal. Just ensure your filter flow doesn't drop as the particles get trapped in the media. Just rinse the media in some removed tank water to preserve any bacteria already developed.


Sent from my iPad using Aquarium Advice
__________________
ScotJudd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2015, 06:29 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Caliban07's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Manchester UK
Posts: 5,650
The cloudy water is not debris from ornaments or substrate. It is bacteria that is suspended in the water column. This is 100% normal and as already mentioned it can take days to clear.

Happy fish keeping


Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice
__________________
Caliban07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2015, 09:25 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Australia
Posts: 29
thanks for the responses.

I'm just going to see how it looks in a week like suggested.

It could be gravel sediment or bateria in the water. The filter has a duck bill on it which is blowing the gravel in the corner so this could be part of the problem. Might change this to the spreader bar.

Just reading another thread about cloudy water and another person mentioned if it's white it could be alegae, the filter is part of a second hand set up I bought which I had to clean the pipes free of alegae looking green slime. Can you test for alegae? Or should I not even be concerned with this.
__________________
Brettyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2015, 11:41 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Caliban07's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Manchester UK
Posts: 5,650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brettyd View Post
thanks for the responses.

I'm just going to see how it looks in a week like suggested.

It could be gravel sediment or bateria in the water. The filter has a duck bill on it which is blowing the gravel in the corner so this could be part of the problem. Might change this to the spreader bar.

Just reading another thread about cloudy water and another person mentioned if it's white it could be alegae, the filter is part of a second hand set up I bought which I had to clean the pipes free of alegae looking green slime. Can you test for alegae? Or should I not even be concerned with this.

Algae is common on new setups too in the form of brown spot algae known as diatoms or green water algae which would contribute to cloudiness. If it's a white Hazey look then I am 99% sure it's bacteria. Look up bacterial blooms.


Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice
__________________
Caliban07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2015, 09:15 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Australia
Posts: 29
Done a few water changes this week and that water has come really good. Thanks for all the comments on the issue.

Now to just sit back and see this cycle through.
__________________
Brettyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2015, 07:03 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 390
This is also a common mistake. Did you rinse your filter pad under cold water before you got it started (pending what kind of filter you have)
__________________

__________________
raccioppi83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ate, cloud, cloudy, cloudy water, loud, new setup, setup, water

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
So why is my new brine shrimp tank setup water cloudy? bryanmc1988 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 10-04-2011 10:01 PM
Cloudy cloudy cloudy madhatter208 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 9 06-13-2007 01:28 AM
New setup cloudy water degbowl Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 02-25-2006 09:59 PM
do bloodworms cause 'cloudy water' ??? my water is cloudy Bubble_B0y Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 10-23-2005 06:54 PM
Help with new tank setup and cloudy water Barney Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 29 12-09-2003 04:17 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.