Help Cycling Tank With Foggy/dirty Water?

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Okay. So I got my 5.5 gallon tank all set up yesterday, added my water, decor, and live plants to the tank and now I planned on starting my cycle process this morning. But before I put my gravel in yesterday, I added crushed fish food to the bottom of the tank to help with some bacteria growth. Dumb me wasn't thinking and as soon as I added the water after the gravel, some of the food swished up and made a mess in the water which I ultimately cleaned out some of the larger uncrushed chunks and kept the food that was still under the gravel there. I knew the water was now gonna be a little clouded, but I didnt think it would affect much. So, I added my prime conditioner, ran the filter, and allowed it to run to remove anything that might kill the bacteria. But now, this morning, the tank is 5x foggier then before! Almost like a paleish green/yellow color. Will this eventually go away?? Can I even start my cycle now?? Or should I do a 100% water change and re-prime the tank?

Note that this is going to be a shrimp-only tank and I can't add cleaning products that are harmful to the shrimp to clear the water up.
 

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You are going to go through some cloudy days while cycling the tank. I wouldn't add anything that claims to clear up the water. You may want to consider getting some pure ammonia though.

Fish food will work as the ammonia source but it is hard to control the amount of ammonia and it can end up getting kinda of smelly before the cycle is complete.
 
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mattgirl said:
You are going to go through some cloudy days while cycling the tank. I wouldn't add anything that claims to clear up the water. You may want to consider getting some pure ammonia though.

Fish food will work as the ammonia source but it is hard to control the amount of ammonia and it can end up getting kinda of smelly before the cycle is complete.
I think I'm just gonna restart. Just discovered that the live pants have to cycle differently in the tank. Great.
 

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Caffee said:
I think I'm just gonna restart. Just discovered that the live pants have to cycle differently in the tank. Great.
I am not sure I understand what you mean about having to cycle differently. Cycling a tank is the same process whether one has plants or not.
 
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I am not sure I understand what you mean about having to cycle differently. Cycling a tank is the same process whether one has plants or not.
The way I plan on cycling the tank will be affected by the live plants being in the tank due to the fact I'm adding straight ammonia chloride (tims). So for my case more specifically the plants will affect my cycle. I'm a total newbie to all of this so I was a little frustrated when I responded haha ^^’
 

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Caffee said:
The way I plan on cycling the tank will be affected by the live plants being in the tank due to the fact I'm adding straight ammonia chloride (tims). So for my case more specifically the plants will affect my cycle. I'm a total newbie to all of this so I was a little frustrated when I responded haha ^^’
You have come to the right place to get all the help you need. If there is any way I can help you I will try my best.
 
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You have come to the right place to get all the help you need. If there is any way I can help you I will try my best.
Thanks so much!
 

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