What should I do, cloudy water after power outage

Tallen78
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Ok yesterday while I was at work my house lost power not sure how long it was off but when arriving back home after my 8hrs my 55g guppy tank was dark and my aqua clear 110 was trying to prime that’s when I realized my power went down I turned the light back on fluval plant 3.0 and restarted the hob I also have a fx4 running on this tank which was on but my issues is this morning my water is cloudy and has an off coloring to it a greenish tint what should I do I checked my parameters and my numbers are as always 0 ammonia and nitrites and 5ppm nitrates I have 25 guppy’s and about 10-15 fry swimming around they are showing no signs of stress but the change in my water has me stressed any suggestions or ideas will be greatly appreciated
 
Flyfisha
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How to say this without sounding rude?
Guppies are tough little fish.

If you wanted you could get an air powered sponge filter with battery back up? For next time?

Today you could change some water using temperature matched conditioned water as replacement. Up to 50% is considered safe .Using Prime as your conditioner offers some protection from ammonia.
 
Jeroen712
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If a cannister filter loses it's power all the bacteria will die (there is no oxygen left for the benificial bacteria to survive), if you turn it back on you shoot all the dead bacteria into your water column (the white cloudiness). I would just do a 50% waterchange and keep an eye on your water parameters for atleast a week.

Oh and clean the FX4's sponges in aquarium water to get rid of all the remaining dead bacteria.
 
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Tallen78
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Flyfisha said:
How to say this without sounding rude?
Guppies are tough little fish.

If you wanted you could get an air powered sponge filter with battery back up? For next time?

Today you could change some water using temperature matched conditioned water as replacement. Up to 50% is considered safe .Using Prime as your conditioner offers some protection from ammonia.
U don’t sound rude u sound proactive and that’s a great idea that’s the reason I run two bigger filters on all my tanks but this was unexpected and no one was home so as to the battery air pump and sponge which I have several different sizes so I’ll be ok with that but the air pump do they run on power with a battery back up because the ones I’ve seen are just battery with a 24 hr supply so unless there is a brand that runs off power and if power is lost switches over to battery I don’t think that will help me much

Jeroen712 said:
If a cannister filter loses it's power all the bacteria will die (there is no oxygen left for the benificial bacteria to survive), if you turn it back on you shoot all the dead bacteria into your water column (the white cloudiness). I would just do a 50% waterchange and keep an eye on your water parameters for atleast a week.

Oh and clean the FX4's sponges in aquarium water to get rid of all the remaining dead bacteria.
I figured it was a bloom my water went from crystal clear to bad in 8 hrs so after work I will do a water change should I add some stability or something or do the wc and let it be as of 6:30 this morning all fish are alive and active and I really want to keep it that way
 
Flyfisha
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Yes there are now air pumps that have a battery back up available in Australia. I think Cobalt sells one in the US. Not sure about the new aquarium Co - Op model but I think that can be run on a USB charger that has a battery back up.

I don’t use stability or any bottled bacteria so can’t say much about that .
 
Jeroen712
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Me neither, all sounds like a sales pitch to me.
 
Flyfisha
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A link to a guy I subscribe to that reviews the Cobalt brand

 
UnknownUser
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Lots of people have told me that if the media is still wet the bacteria won’t ALL die in a day. I agree cloudiness is probably bacteria, but I doubt your cycle crashed. Might need a bit to catch up though, so a few water changes with prime this week should suffice.
 
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Tallen78
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Flyfisha said:
Yes there are now air pumps that have a battery back up available in Australia. I think Cobalt sells one in the US. Not sure about the new aquarium Co - Op model but I think that can be run on a USB charger that has a battery back up.

I don’t use stability or any bottled bacteria so can’t say much about that .
I’ve never used any either but I also never had an emergency issue like this
 
StarGirl
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Jeroen712 said:
If a cannister filter loses it's power all the bacteria will die (there is no oxygen left for the benificial bacteria to survive)
How long was the power off? Bacteria doesn't instantly die. It will be fine it probably was just stuff that blew out after it turned back on.
 
Cody
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Yeah I know it’s debated a bit but typically as long as the media stays wet you should be fine for several days without and major loss of BB.

Probably from the filters pushing funk back out or maybe a small bloom from ammonia building up through out the day due to the filtration being off. But even with that there is BB on ever surface of a established tank and that probably was was enough to sustain a tank full of guppies for that period of time.
 
jmaldo
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As mentioned a couple of "Water Changes" and monitor parameters.
As far as the battery powered air pump. A couple of years ago, I purchased one and used it on a trip to visit my son and setup a "New" tank. Put in in a 5 gal bucket with fish and mature media. Between travel and setup it took about 36 hours and turned out well. I have used it recently on my "Discus" tank just as a precaution during a 10 hour power outage last year. No issues.
Worked for me.

Good Luck!
 
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Tallen78
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StarGirl said:
How long was the power off? Bacteria doesn't instantly die. It will be fine it probably was just stuff that blew out after it turned back on.
I’m not sure it happened while I was at work so possibly up to 9 hrs

Cody said:
Yeah I know it’s debated a bit but typically as long as the media stays wet you should be fine for several days without and major loss of BB.

Probably from the filters pushing funk back out or maybe a small bloom from ammonia building up through out the day due to the filtration being off. But even with that there is BB on ever surface of a established tank and that probably was was enough to sustain a tank full of guppies for that period of time.
Yes my numbers didn’t move at all 0 ammonia and nitrites and 5ppm nitrates so I believe there is still enough bb in the tank was just concerned with the fry I know guppy’s are hardy fish but 3 week old fry I’m not to sure
 
SanDiegoRedneck
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Tallen78 said:
Ok yesterday while I was at work my house lost power not sure how long it was off but when arriving back home after my 8hrs my 55g guppy tank was dark and my aqua clear 110 was trying to prime that’s when I realized my power went down I turned the light back on fluval plant 3.0 and restarted the hob I also have a fx4 running on this tank which was on but my issues is this morning my water is cloudy and has an off coloring to it a greenish tint what should I do I checked my parameters and my numbers are as always 0 ammonia and nitrites and 5ppm nitrates I have 25 guppy’s and about 10-15 fry swimming around they are showing no signs of stress but the change in my water has me stressed any suggestions or ideas will be greatly appreciated
I use old cleaned yogurt container because its white. Then scoop water in yogurt container.
With the container being white you can instantly tell is water is green, brown, or white. Then you will know issue. Sometimes in big tanks can't tell color.

But yes my best guess would be its white and algae bloom
 
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Tallen78
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SanDiegoRedneck said:
I use old cleaned yogurt container because its white. Then scoop water in yogurt container.
With the container being white you can instantly tell is water is green, brown, or white. Then you will know issue. Sometimes in big tanks can't tell color.

But yes my best guess would be its white and algae bloom
Good idea I have white sand in The tank so It was pretty easy to notice the discoloring plus I tend to my tanks daily so seeing it in the morning clear and shimmering to cloudy and greenish in the afternoon it wasn’t hard to tell
 
SanDiegoRedneck
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Tallen78 said:
Good idea I have white sand in The tank so It was pretty easy to notice the discoloring plus I tend to my tanks daily so seeing it in the morning clear and shimmering to cloudy and greenish in the afternoon it wasn’t hard to tell
But cloudy greenish and cloudy white are 2 different things. Cloudy green is not bloom. Its green water. Bloom is white
 
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Tallen78
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SanDiegoRedneck said:
But cloudy greenish and cloudy white are 2 different things. Cloudy green is not bloom. Its green water. Bloom is white
Well it looks like it was diluted milk and my lights were in sunrise so the sand looked as if it had a tint to it but as for the water definitely white
 
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Tallen78
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Tallen78 said:
Well it looks like it was diluted milk and my lights were in sunrise so the sand looked as if it had a tint to it but as for the water definitely white
Another question talking to a friend that keeps fish he mentioned carbon should I throw a bag in my filter I don’t use it but he said it will help clear things up
 
SanDiegoRedneck
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Tallen78 said:
Another question talking to a friend that keeps fish he mentioned carbon should I throw a bag in my filter I don’t use it but he said it will help clear things up
If you have invertebrates NO will kill them.
I dont run carbon in any tanks. I keep on hand for things like taking meds OUT of a tank. But I don't use much

But if white and bloom you need this leave alone will settle in day or 2
 
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Tallen78
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SanDiegoRedneck said:
If you have invertebrates NO will kill them.
I dont run carbon in any tanks. I keep on hand for things like taking meds OUT of a tank. But I don't use much

But if white and bloom you need this leave alone will settle in day or 2
Ok thanks that was going to be my course of action to let it run a few days and see
 
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Tallen78
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Tallen78 said:
Ok yesterday while I was at work my house lost power not sure how long it was off but when arriving back home after my 8hrs my 55g guppy tank was dark and my aqua clear 110 was trying to prime that’s when I realized my power went down I turned the light back on fluval plant 3.0 and restarted the hob I also have a fx4 running on this tank which was on but my issues is this morning my water is cloudy and has an off coloring to it a greenish tint what should I do I checked my parameters and my numbers are as always 0 ammonia and nitrites and 5ppm nitrates I have 25 guppy’s and about 10-15 fry swimming around they are showing no signs of stress but the change in my water has me stressed any suggestions or ideas will be greatly appreciated
Ok so here’s a pic of my guppy tank it might not look bad in the pic but in person it is I’m doing a water change now 50% and will monitor the tank for a few more days
 

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