Your Aquarium Water Has Turned Cloudy

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Rocksor replied the topic: Your Aquarium Water Has Turned Cloudy

could not have enough biological filtration, not change enough water volume for the amount of fish, not clean the gravel enough,
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kellyrogers_77 replied the topic: Your Aquarium Water Has Turned Cloudy

so do you think if I did a 50 percent change or a little more as I clean the gravel it might help
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Hi. I have a small tank that came with a small filter. I have 3 glo-fish. The whole set-up, including the fish, came through a Pets in the Classroom grant. I've had the tank for 2 years now (going on 3), and have had great success through 25% water changes using a turkey baster. Earlier this school year the filter stopped working, so I bought a new one. I ended up buying a larger size filter in the hopes that it would do a better job. It works great! There's actually a fantastic flow of water filtering through all the time. It's technically a little too powerful for the size of tank I have. Because the filter works so well, I'm starting to wonder if it's the cause of my cloudy water. The cloudy water is a new thing. I haven't made any other changes to the tank. Is this possible? Is it filtering the water too well so that the good bacteria is stuck in the filter? Or, is it also possible that I just need to do a water change? My plan is to do a regular change anyway, but it occurred to me that it might not help if the filter is the culprit. Thanks for any help!
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Your Aquarium Water Has Turned Cloudy

Your filter is not causing cloudy water. The good bacteria is indeed in the filter, it grows and stays in your filters biological media. This portion should not ever be touched, but the mechanical portion, whether that be a sponge or cartridge should be replaced(cartridge) or rinsed in tank water(sponge) when dirty. How big is this tank and what specifically is the filter brand and model/size?


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Rocksor replied the topic: Your Aquarium Water Has Turned Cloudy

Cloudy water means that it wasn't a smooth transition from the old filter to the new filter. It's not the new filter that is causing this. Over 90% of the bacteria lives in the filter media, and a good portion of the bacteria died during the move process.

Did you move over the old media from the old filter to the new filter?
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elizabeth_ashley44 replied the topic: Your Aquarium Water Has Turned Cloudy

I have a 1.5 gallon tank and now use a Whisper 10i (I think- I'm at home now). The filter I used before was much smaller. So, it sounds like I made an embarrassing rookie mistake by not keeping stuff from the old filter to help transition the new filter. Based on the page here about cloudy water, I should try to cycle the tank? I didn't see advice for what to do when you screw it up but still have fish. Is cycling the way to go even with my 3 little buddies?
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Rocksor replied the topic: Your Aquarium Water Has Turned Cloudy

You'll need to do a fish in cycle, not letting ammonia or nitrites get above 0.25ppm. Use APi freshwater liquid test kit.

What type of fish are in the 1.5g, that's awfully small tank.
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elizabeth_ashley44 replied the topic: Your Aquarium Water Has Turned Cloudy

They're glo-fish. Little guys. I had asked the pet store about an algae eater or something before, but they said it would likely output more than it cleaned in such a small tank. I'll get the test kit today. Thank you so much for your help!
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purplecandle replied the topic: Your Aquarium Water Has Turned Cloudy

Welcome! I'm sure all this info is a bit of a shock!

You really gotta ditch that 1.5 gallon tank. It's useless, it can handle bioloads, the fish are unhappy, and its to hard to maintain. Toss it!

Glofish are schoolers, you need 6 or more for their well being. They are also vertical swimming, high energy fish that need lots of swimming room. I strongly recommend a minimum 20 gallon long (not tall) tank.

Give this a read..

www.badmanstropicalfish.com/profiles/profile156.html
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