Cloudy Water, Not Sure Why

Discussion in 'Cloudy Aquarium Water' started by Cbrow, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. CbrowNew MemberMember

    so my tank water is really cloudy, I just did a water change and it seems cloudier than before.
    I mistakenly added enough chlorine killer for a 55 gallon tank even though I only changed about 20 gallons.

    Every parameter is at zero other than the ammonia which is at the step above zero.
    I added a waste control and an ammonia control so the levels of ammonia should drop to zero soon.

    any other ideas how to fix my cloudy tank?

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  2. bubblegum-heartValued MemberMember

    Hmm... what kind of substrate do you have? If could just be the substrate, and in that case you can just leave it and in a couple of days the water will clear.

  3. CbrowNew MemberMember

    It is just the typical gravel you would get from petsmart
  4. bubblegum-heartValued MemberMember

    I'm not too sure about that. You rinsed it, right? If you did, then it shouldn't be the substrate. Is the water always cloudy after a water change or was just this one time?

    What tank size and filter do you have? It could be that you're filter isn't strong enough.
  5. CbrowNew MemberMember

    well, the aquarium has been set up for about 5 months now and this is the cloudiest it has ever been. my tank is a 55 gallon. I have an aqua tech 30-60 gallon filter.

    could it be the waste control and ammonia control products?

    my baby tank got crystal clear after a couple days of using it. maybe because of the size of my main tank, it takes longer???
  6. bubblegum-heartValued MemberMember

    Maybe. I can't be too sure, we'll have to wait until someone with more experience comes along.

    It could be because it's a bigger tank, but I'm not sure on that either. I'm not sure on the waste control or ammonia lock, I've never them. You only really need the ammonia lock if you have high ammonia coming out of your tap. Have you tested the water coming out of your tap?
  7. Gourami-28Valued MemberMember

    I guess u may have killed your bacteria and it is a bloom so add some ammonia and let the bacteria grow again
  8. Little Tank of HappinessWell Known MemberMember

    Ammo Lock clouds my tank because of heavier chemicals. Prime doesn't do this because it is more concentrated. Usually after 18-24 hours it is fine. If not do a 25% water change.
  9. CbrowNew MemberMember

    i guess i will have to do another water change then. its been a couple days since the last one

    thanks for all the advice hopefully it works
  10. AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    You can't add Ammonia to a tank with fish in it. You will kill the fish.

    I would do a 50-75% water change. Dose your dechlorinator for your water replacement volume only. You should be fine after that.

    What do you use for your filter media?

    Edit: when you do a fish in cycle for your tank it is recommend to dose with dechlorinator for full tank volume, not just the replacement water volume. Also if you are using a tank filler, you add the full volume dose too just before turning the water on. So I don't believe that you will have overdosed with the dechlorinator.

    I was recommending the water changes to help clear up the cloudy tank versus getting rid of the dechlorinator if that makes any sense. It looks like a bacteria bloom. It should clear up in a couple of days.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2017

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