cloudy water 29 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by polojoanne, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. polojoanneValued MemberMember

    Help Please

    HELP PLEASE, im panicking have a problem if anyone can help. set up a new tank on christmas day water perfect temp and clear everything fine til we added proper ph 7 today abd stress coat and stress zyme seemed ok added 6 neons and one cory julli but now tank completely cloudy and its now 8hours on and does not look like its going to clear help
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2009
  2. steed1172Well Known MemberMember

    maybe your tank isn't cycled i suggest you read up on the nitrogen cycle.(click on the words for a link)
  3. ynaggoValued MemberMember

    First see if your local fish store will take back all the fish that you bought.

    If they don't, change 40% of the water in your tank every day to help with the ammonia problems, If you don't do this, it is likely your fish will die.

    Get some ammonia test kits for now to monitor your tank's ammonia through the nitrogen cycle, the only way you know when to stop water changes is when you have ammonia and nitrite test kits, but the most important is ammonia.

    If you cant get a test kit take your water to a local fish store to get it sampled. When your tank is cycled your parameters should read:

    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 5-20
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2009
  4. polojoanneValued MemberMember

    thanks everyone but tank completely clear this morning and fish fine, must of been the treatments i did so all good now.
  5. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    welcome to fishlore!!
    the tank is clear but its not cycled...and your fish could still die :( you need to cycle it and heres a link about the cycle process.....
    without doing this, you will have a ton of problems ...dont add ph additives as fish will adapt to all kinds of ph's....
  6. flyin-loweWell Known MemberMember

    Just because it "looks good now" does not mean that it is good. Please read one of the above links to nitrogen cycle, or Google nitrogen cycle. If you don't do this and get the tank cycled your fish will likely die. I hate to be blunt but many new tank owners fall into this when making purchases from pet stores. They want to sell you stuff and that's usually all they care about.
  7. jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    Here's a very quick rundown on the nitrogen cycle:
    Fish produce ammonia.
    Ammonia is toxic to fish and will kill them.
    Bacteria grows in your tank that eats ammonia and releases nitrites.
    Nitrites are toxic and will kill fish.
    Another bacteria grows in tank and eats nitrites and releases nitrates
    Nitrates in low quantities are not harmful to fish.
    To keep nitrates at low levels weekly partial water changes are required.

    So it is harmful to keep fish in the tank during this cycling process. It would be best to return the fish and cycle "fishless". If you deciede to keep the fish, you really need to do daily 50% water changes with a product called Prime that will detox ammonia and nitrites for 24 hours at which point you will be doing another water change. It is important to do the water changes to keep toxics levels as low as possible for the health of the fish, but it makes the cycling process take longer.

    Also, I would recommend that you stop using stresszyme. It will actually make the tank take longer to cycle since the good long lasting bacteria will need to compete with the short lived bacteria in the stresszyme.

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