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one thing is worrying me..the water is remaining a bit hazy. now what im thinking is that this is happening because of the air pump i have fitted on the bottom....the small bubbles its producing is making it look hazy, or is it something else..i left the water to cycle for 4 days then added bacteria and later the fish. yet the water doesnt seem to want to clear up. this morning i found one of my neons dead after 1 day in the tank!!! and the other 2 i cannot find.

any help would be appreciated. thx
 

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4 days is NOT enough time for a cycle. Check your ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, and PH. I'm almost positive high levels of Nitrites/Ammonia is the cause of your fish dying.
 

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Haziness is common in a tank that is cycling. Your patience will be tested more right now than once your tank is cycled.
 
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it is remaining hazy....if i remove some of the existing water and add well water say 25% of it would it help?
 

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well if it is any concelation my 67g tank remained hazy for 18 days. a slight haziness just like yours couldn't really notice it till i looked from the side of my tank. i have 600gph filter running it and it stil took this long. patience is the key here. dont worry it is the perfect time to do research and plenty of it. my tank has been cycling fishless now for just on a month and all i have done is research and boy has it paid off.

good luck with the cycle dont forget to test your water first prior to slipping the fish in ammonia and nitrItes need to be at zero. if not your fish may not survive. if they do it can greatly reduce their lifespan

hang in there strip search fishlore of all its articles and learn from the folks here. they are wise in the ways of the fish. keep us posted on your success

regards Dazzler
 
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one problem dazzler the fish are already in....the tetras didnt survive 2 days but the 2 guppies, 2 apple snails and 2 corydoras davidsansis seem to be doing ok......will the well water help?
 

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it is best to test both the well water and also your tank water. pH could be the biggie here with well water. its sounds like your ammonia is extremely high so i would test that first off. i believe that ammonia "burns" the fish but not too sure. if it is oh so slighly hazy it is very common with new tanks indeed mine took forever but i have 2 huge filters that i thought were not doing the job then they caught up.

well water could very well help try leaving it sit for 24hrs before adding it to your tank. dont forget to de lorinate it . if ammonia is the problem alot of folk here use 'ammo lock' with great success. you will pull through this daily water changes of say 50% will go a long way in helping get through this.

dont change the pH in your tank fish cant handle flucuating pH very well at all
what kinda test kit do you have???

regards dazzler
 
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ok and for the water change i just empty half the tank and then fill it up again?
 

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yip retty much let the water sit in a bucket for say 24 hrs to bring it to room temp. add your water conditioner at the same time. you will stress your fish out if the water is too cold or too warm try to get it as the same temp as the tank. add it sowly so it doesnt disturb your aquascape too much. give it another 24hrs and do a test on your tank check the ammonia if it is not zero you will have to do daily water changes to keep the fish happy. if your ammonia is still too high check how much you are feeding the fish put a little in at a time .they should gobble it all up in a 3-4 minutes i feed my twice a day . but alot of people feed theirs 3 times a day no problem either. a great deal of all fish problems can be caused through over feeding. because when the food sinks to the bottom it breaks down into ammonia also

hoped this has help in a way

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What is the name of the bacteria product you used? Only bio spira contains the true bacteria found in a cycled tank. There are many products out there that accelerate the growth of bacteria and can speed up the cycling process, but the tank still has to cycle.

If your tank is still cycling and you do a massive water change, you will affect the cycle and could slow it down a bit. However, if your ammonia or nitrites are high, the water change is necessary for the health of your fish. Please post your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels. If you do a massive water change just to get rid of some of the haziness and your tank is still cycling, it will just return to being hazy within hours anyway. Unless your ammonia and nitrite levels are high, the water change won't do much to improve the look of your tank right now.
 
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