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Old 11-12-2012, 10:08 PM   #1 
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Cloudy water no fish yet.

Asking questions on behalf of my daughter's boyfriend. He set up the 5gal tank and put in the water conditioner. There is no fish in it yet, he is cycling it right now. I guess the water went cloudy. I thought it might be the gravel, he might not have rinsed it enough. He has gravel, and a couple of fake plants, filter and heater. He lives in a college dorm so I don't know if it is hard or soft water.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:22 PM   #2 
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Might be a bacterial bloom, it'll go away on it's own. The worst thing he can do is a water change, don't change it if there's no fish.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:31 PM   #3 
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Is he adding ammonia? Without ammonia the tank isn't cycling. Is he testing his water with a liquid water test kit? He'll need to a water change if his Ph goes down into the 6's or his cycle will stall. he won't know his tank is cycled if he's not testing the water. Bacterial blooms are not uncommon in a cycling tank or if he added a bacteria booster.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:39 PM   #4 
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I had the same problem and it went away a few days later. It was the BB Blooming. But yours might be different.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:25 PM   #5 
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I believe he has changed half of the water. ( he did it before I could get back to him). He has not done any testing yet. I will lend him my kit when he comes home for the weekend. What would be his best course of action now. I believe they were going out to get fish this weekend.
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If he hasn't been adding ammonia the tank isn't cycled & if he's going to add fish he'll be doing a fish IN cycle which will require him to be much more diligent on water changes & testing. I hope he's not adding a lot of fish because that'll really make the ammonia spike & cause his fish problems if not death. If he added a bacteria booster that could've made the water cloudy & it'll clear up,with time.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:48 PM   #7 
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Would the easiest thing for him to do be empty the tank and start over? I could give him one of my filters from an established tank to use in his to cycle then he would have to wait one more week to get fish.
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Seeded filter material would help boost the cycle but it still needs an ammonia source or the BB will die within a couple of days. The cloudy water typically isn't harmful & will go away there's no reason to break it down & start over, IMO.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:44 PM   #9 
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What is a good ammonia source?
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Pure ammonia is the best to use because you can dose it correctly, some people use a raw shrimp, others use fish food (which is the most difficult). There are stickies on this forum regarding cycling a tank or you can Google nitrogen cycle, then ask questions if need be.
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