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Shangrila 11-29-2012 11:34 PM

What is wrong here? HELP!
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This tank has been set up for 3 weeks now. It has MGOPM capped by STS. The STS was rinsed until it was clear then(don't ask me why) I transferred the STS to some buckets that had a fair amount of calcium montimorlite clay residue in them. Well 8 complete water changes and numerous substrate vacuums later it is still cloudy. The only thing that made a difference was my diatom filter, but that only keep it clear for about a day. I think the clay dust is my problem because when I disturb the STS I can see it kicking up. How can I get rid of this? This has been making me lose sleep! I swear I am close to tossing this tank out the back door. The tank is not cycled yet and is filtered by an Aqua Clear 110 and a large SUN SUN canister.

ChadRamsey 11-29-2012 11:43 PM

looks like an algae bloom. Green water

Oxl 11-29-2012 11:43 PM

No worries that is what an uncycled tank looks like, the cloudiness will clear up once your filters mature. Perhaps add a bit of aquarium salt and do 40% water changes every week until the cycle completes. Are you adding ammonia or fish food to create the ammonia? Perhaps add a couple adult zebra danios which are hardy enough to cycle a tank on their own without dying.

Shangrila 11-29-2012 11:49 PM

I don't think it is green water as I have a UV light in my canister filter.

Diana 11-30-2012 07:26 AM

Do not add fish.
Do the fishless cycle, which takes about 3 weeks. It will be clear by then.

I am wondering if this is cloudy water that is similar to what happens when someone adds some pH altering minerals that are not compatible with the water? pH Up or pH Down sorts of things.

Sd760 11-30-2012 07:59 AM

Dude go buy 5 feeder gold fish. Was having cloudy water issues in my mgops 55 gallon I think I put gold fish in less than a week after. I think it would be fine and give your tank some balance.

Acro 11-30-2012 08:23 AM

Fishless cycle all the way! It's easy and fish don't get hurt.

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