Dusty Indoor Pond Water.

  1. AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    My indoor pond is very foggy Fromm above, There is no dirt in it yet. What can I do?
     
  2. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    Nothing other than take a breath. Bacterial bloom is part and parcel of a new aquatic ecosystem establishing itself. See the cloudy water forum for other folks to commiserate with.
     
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    So
    It'll go away? The same thing is happening to a betta tank I am cycling.

    I start planting tomorrow.
     


  4. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    That's exciting! I hope you take a lot of photos along the way.
     
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    Here is what I have so far
     

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  6. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    There are two main reasons for cloudy water. Improperly washed substrate, that leaves suspended dust, and bacterial bloom. The one you can clear by using a floculant. The second is a waiting game. Usually a week or two. Plus or minus a few days.

    You're going to have a neat setup when you get done.
     


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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    So
    I am guessing it is the bacteria, no substrate nor plants yet.
     
  8. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    What else did you put in besides the water?
     
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    One piece of drift wood and the filter
     
  10. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    You sure it isn't water staining from the driftwood? Or ... did you wash the pool out before filling it? There could have been a layer of fine dust on its surface that is now suspended in the water.
     
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    AJE

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    It might be, if it is one of those, what do I do
     
  12. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    Tanin staining isn't harmful. It can be undesirable if you like pristine clear water.

    The dust though... my concern - and this is highly dependent on your risk tolerance - is that depending on where the pool was stored, it MAY HAVE BEEN (Not guaranteed to have been.) exposed to insecticides or cleaning products that are fish harmful.

    IF this is a concern to you, drain the pool and using a plain scrubby and some white vinegar, wash it down and then rinse in plain water. Just as you would do for any new tank.

    If you are less concerned about chemical contamination, just add another shot of Prime and carry on. The dust will eventually settle out over time.
     
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    AJE

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    Finished planting
     

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  14. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    It will be slick when it fills in.
     
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    When what fills in? I am hoping to add fish next week

    And the iguanas in a couple months

    And the dust is practically done, I wonder what it was.

    I put both of them on there island and one immediately swam off the island and the other climbed up the tree
     

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    AJE

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    I put a fan over it and can you tell where the fan is blowing? Apparently water movement gets rid of the dust, any cheap ideas as to how to move the water around
     

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  17. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    Submersible pump for a pond or fountain. Use the top jet, or don't. You don't have to. Point the submerged outflow at the sidewall to get a current circulating.
     
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  19. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    It would probably be okay. I would prefer one with an adjustable flowrate, because I like flexibility.
     
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    AJE

    AJE Well Known Member Member

    Cool,
    thanks