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Old 07-16-2010, 08:10 AM   #1 
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Question new tank is cloudy

I set up my tank (I haven't added my fish yet), and at first the water was fine and clear. Yesterday when I looked at it, the water was cloudy!!! But the only thing that I've done with it since I set it up was take out the ornament that came with it and put in a mug (my fish has a gill that sticks out, so I'm afraid he'll get injured on the other decoration). The tank has a filter in it, also.

Does anyone have any idea why this would happen?
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:05 AM   #2 
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What size tank? What kind of filter?
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:53 AM   #3 
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A 3g with a Tetra Whisper 10i. I think the filter too big for the tank, and I might get a smaller one.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:00 AM   #4 
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I had this happen with all of my tanks. I don't really know what causes it other than maybe not rinsing the rock substrate enough. Maybe. I let mine sit for a couple of days then cleaned the whole thing out again and after that it was fine.
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When a tank is cycling it will get cloudy, And then in a couple day's it will go back to clear. So it could be your tank cycling.

Or it could be you didnt rinse everything off good but i think its just cycling.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:47 PM   #6 
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I agree - most likely cycling. Is the could white? If so, that is probably a bacterial bloom - which is a good thing when a tank is cycling!
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:00 PM   #7 
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I am not sure it would be from the nitrogen cycle since it does not have any livestock or are you doing a fishless cycle with a different ammonia source?

Cloudy water in a new set-up without an ammonia source could be from something in the tank that was not rinsed well enough or from something on your hands when you removed the ornament

I would make some water changes and vacuuming to clear it up
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:39 PM   #8 
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My first 5 gallon did this because I didn't rinse off the substrate first.
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