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Old 08-28-2014, 05:04 PM   #1 
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New tank syndrome

Another newbie question.....sorry in advance.
So my tank (2.5 gallon) has been running for 4 weeks now.
I do 50% water changes twice a week, have a filter and I am using cycle and stress zyme bacteria.
The water started to get quite cloudy the day before yesterday, so I did another water change yesterday.
I assume that the cloudyness is a sign of new tank syndrome?
Is it a bacteria bloom or something like that?
The water is less cloudy now, but I expect it to get worse again.
My question is- any experience how long the cloudyness will last?

My fish is fine and not worried at all.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:35 PM   #2 
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yup that is a bloom. and as for how long it lasts? not sure. my tanks are all natural planted tanks and it went away fast.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:45 PM   #3 
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Usually the answer is "A few days," for a bloom to clear up, which is frustratingly vague.

Have you tested your water? That'll give you some idea of how far along the process you are. You may have to step up your water changes, depending on what the tests say. If you don't have a test yet, be sure to buy liquid tests, not strips. Strips are unreliable at best, and totally useless at worst.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:04 AM   #4 
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Thanks!
About the water test....
right now I can not afford the liquid test kit, here it costs 60 NZ$.
So I just got the test strips..... for half the price.....
But on the test strips my water seems good- with the limit that I do not
know how accurate they are.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:35 AM   #5 
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You can test your ammonia strips at least by using distilled or RO (reverse osmosis or oxonated) water as the default. But my understanding is that strip readings can vary with age and humidity.

Cycle and Stresszyme are not the type of bacteria that perform the nitrogen cycle. They don't hurt, but they're not much help. And they do increase the TDC (chemicals) in the tank. The bacterial bloom is not that kind of bacteria either, but it does indicate that your cycle is starting.

Just use Prime water conditioner @ 2-drops/gal of tank size with every water change and 1-drop/gal daily until cycled. Your water change schedule is fine.
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:41 PM   #6 
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I was using Cycle because I have heard they had changed their contents and had now included the beneficial bacteria..... but no real way for me to know.
Well, at least I have Prime in the house and use it.
Thanks for your help!
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