I have a cycled tank, its a dome filter, wool media and gravel substrate. Its a 5 gallon tank with real plants. Today I did a really thorough cleaning. I rinsed the filter media (in tank water NOT tap water), cleaned the filter housing and tubes, decorations, even the plants got rinsed lightly, vacuumed the gravel, replanted the plants and changed 50% of the water with treated temperature adjusted water.
A fairly big cleaning but everything was done carefully and I used only warm water and my usual set of sponges and tools which have never seen soap.
But now the water is slightly cloudy. I looked this up and apparently it appears in the late stages of cycling, so maybe I cleaned a bit too thoroughly? Do I need to change the water again or can I leave the tank and let nature take its course? Its not horrifically cloudy, just a bit, but enough to notice. Maybe the good bacteria went down a little bit in numbers?
Please let me know if Im missing anything critical here. Sam seems fine and aside from a little cloudiness all seems okay in the tank otherwise.