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Postby dawn2557 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:28 am

hi, i started a new tank (not my first tank) every thing was fine , water clear fish happy ect, then this morning got up to cloudy tank , its grey all fish at top of tank , please help me
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Postby krekra » Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:35 am

Oh my that doesnt sound good.

welcome to the forum. Nice to have you on board. Lets see....

fish at the top of the tank is usually due to low O2 or high Nitrites or something like that. The cloudy water may be a bacterial bloom.

Can I get a little more info to see if i can help you quicker

like tank size in L(side to side) width(front to back) height(top to bottom)

what kind of filter or other equipment do you have??

how long has the tank been running and at what point did you add fish. How many and which fish did you add. Have you cycled the tank fist??

Karena

oh and also can you test for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates and pH and post the results??
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Re: cloudy water

Postby dawn2557 » Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:33 am

dawn2557 wrote:hi, i started a new tank (not my first tank) every thing was fine , water clear fish happy ect, then this morning got up to cloudy tank , its grey all fish at top of tank , please help me
tank is 40 gallons tank left for 2 weeks then added mix of fish i have a fuval 4 fillter,, at moment fish looking happier but water still cloudy
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Postby krekra » Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:48 am

OK so from the sound of things the tank sat empty for 2 weeks right??

So if the tank is empty...of fish or other ammonia source...it wont cycle.

The term cycling refers to the build up of beneficial bacteria that will process your toxic ammonia wastes and turn them into less toxic nitrates.

Check out this link

http://www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/cycling.htm

if the tank was not cycled then your fish may be experiencing an ammonia spike or worse a nitrite spike. Ammonia is toxic and causes gill, skin, and organ damage. Nitrites will bind to the fishes hemoglobin and prevent it from carrying oxygen properly.

The cloudyness should sort itself out as the tank matures but I think you need to consider doing a nice 30% or so water change and test your water.

If you dont have a test kit you really should consider getting one. The ones with the liquid reagents are best and you need at least ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates.

hope this helps. If you need more clarification dont hesitate to ask!!

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Postby Angel Fish » Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:50 am

What fish do you have and how many of each have you got?

Your tank is still cycling and not really ready for fish, sorry :?
We can remedy this but it's going to take some time and effort.

First can you tell us if you have:
Dechlorinator
Test Kits for Ammonia, NitrIte, NitrAte and pH.
A decent size bucket
A gravel vac/syphoning tube.

These are all the things you'll need to get your tank back on track.

Sorry for all the questions but they help us to help you :)

*edit* Ok, that's twice you've beaten me to it :roll: */edit*
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Postby krekra » Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:59 am

soory AF....bored today...maybe I need to get out more :lol:
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Postby Angel Fish » Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:59 am

:lol:
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Postby dawn2557 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:44 am

thank you for all your help lost 4 fish , but this morning tank clear , once again thankyou :D
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Postby Angel Fish » Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:01 am

It will help to do a minimum of 15% water changes at least three times a week for now. This will help to dilute the toxins. Your tank will take longer to cycle, but it will be slightly easier for your fish.

What fish do you have left in the tank?
I'm sorry we were unable to help save the four you lost :(
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Postby dawn2557 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:18 pm

i have a mix of sordtail tetras tigers pecs and one very fat cat fish : :D :D
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