Brine shrimp causing cloudy water

  1. Janmitch22 Member Member

    I've been feeding brine shrimp to my new fish and his tank is just as murky as it can be. Do I feed too much? I've been trying frozen, but then I left the package out overnight and I was afraid of spoilage, so I dropped in a chunk of freeze-dried brine shrimp. The water just smells terrible...I did a 60% water change. The murkiness has gotten a little better...but the brine shrimp seem to be eluding me. Would a few large water changes make the water crystal clear again?
     
  2. Isabella Fishlore VIP Member

    How often do you change your carbon? Maybe new carbon insert can clear up the water. I personally have never even fed my fish with frozen brine shripm, only with frozen bloodworms. What I do with my frozen bloodworms is: I take them out of the freezer and put them in a refrigerator a couple of hours before feeding. After that, the bloodworms are soft, fresh and not spoiled. And I do not drop the whole little package in the tank, but feed the fish with some of them at a time, and see when they've had enough. This way nothing stays on the bottom and they (bloodworms) don't decay and pollute the water.
     

  3. Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    Doing another water change will probably clear your tank up. You may even have to rinse your filter to get bits of food out. Whats making your tank cloudy and smell is the liquid frozen with the shrimp, even blood worms have this also. I know the package says just to drop frozen food in to feed your fish. This is what I do, the ones in individual servings I put in a small glass of water to thaw, then dump it out into a small net and then rinse with dechlorinated water and blot with a paper towel. Isabella has the right idea ,then feed a little at a time. I use brine shrimp, blood worms and occasionally beef heart. Hope that helps.
    Carol
     
  4. Janmitch22 Member Member

    Yeah, I looked at the filter and there's all kinds of mess...I'll rinse that(in old tank water!) and do another water change. Thanks guys.
     

  5. Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    yes preferably in old tank water. ;)
    Carol