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Old 11-16-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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I want to cry! Perfect water gone cloudy overnight

My tank is 75 gallons and has had perfect water parameters 0,0 with 10 nitrates

I cleaned my canister filter wed night

My fish spawned Friday

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And woke up to cloudy water. Ammonia 0, nitrite .15, nitrates 15

I've taken the driftwood out and I'm soaking it in boiling water after baking it. I hadn't baked it before and only scrubbed it and soaked it outside in very cold water

I've done a 25 percent water change and added nite out as I have german blue rams in the tank...

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How'd you clean the filter?

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I rinsed it all off with tap water...was that it? It was just so dirty I almost wanted to throw it out. Would the nitrite spike happen days later?
I'm worried it was the driftwood. It's just such a big piece, I can't boil it


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You want to use dechlorinated water to clean the filter media, the chlorine nuked your bacteria. You're currently experiencing a bacterial bloom caused by a mini cycle. Do a 25% wc each day until your parameters level out.

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Okay. Will do..

Is it a good sign I have 0 ammonia? Like maybe this will be short lived? Not that I was expecting much out of the spawn but I feel bad I totally doomed them


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Yah, means you still have some bacteria to covert amm. To nitrite it shouldn't last long, wc's are your best friend, feed sparingly as well..

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Ok thanks. Feel like an idiot...


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Ok thanks. Feel like an idiot...


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Don't.. at least you're cleaning your can.. people come on here and brag about how they only clean them twice a year..

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You should actually clean your filter with aquarium water, best method to keep filter bacteria alive and well.


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You should actually clean your filter with aquarium water, best method to keep filter bacteria alive and well.


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Dechlorinated water or tank water it really makes no difference. Tap water is a big no no though


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