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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-06-2003, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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I have what looks like a large amount of dust swirling around in my tank. It looks crystal clear until I turn the light on, when whatever it is scatters the light and looks cloudy. This is looking along the long axis of the tank. I did a 30% water change today, which improved things slightly. I added a new fish recently, which looks to me like the cause. Am I right in assuming this will clear up over time?

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1 Calico Fantail
1 Black Moor
1 Chocolate Oranda
1 Golden Apple Snail

All inhabitants are happy and eating well. I feed them sinking pellets once a day. There are a couple of mid-sized plants in there, but I don't know what species.

pH 7.6
GH 16
kH 4-5
NH(3) 0
NO(2-) 0.25
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Any coral buffering in your filter?
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This may be the onset of the nitrite digesting bacteria. My water always looks cloudy about a month after setting up. It gets clearer after a week or so. Just keep up with the water changes.
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Keep your eyes on those sinking pellets. I have seen some brands that cloud the water terribly.

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Thanks for the replies guys. I'm still getting 0.25 on the nitrites (don't have a nitrate test), so the "cycle" isn't yet complete. It's just disconcerting to see the little guys disappear when they go to the end of the tank I'm going to do a 30% water change with distilled water today, so we'll see if that helps.
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Anonapersona, wouldn't coral buffering increase the GH? I already have very hard water, I don't want to calcify my fish! Although the snails are building great shells from it

Mirabello 30 (30L, 11W fluorescent)
1 Java fern
1 Anubias barteri


3 Neon Tetra
5 Black Widow Tetra
1 Peppered Cory
2 Rainbow Angelfish
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Oh, the coral in the filter was just a wild guess as to the soruce of the cloudiness... on a goldfish group a member found that the persistant cloudiness was coming from the bag of coral in the filter.

So, not a recommendation, but a question to try to determine if that could be part of the cloudiness.
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Thanks. The water has improved slightly over the weekend with the water change. I also removed some water to increase surface agitation, which also seems to have helped.

I'm going to try another water change today, and also increase the filtration by folding up two Juwel Jumbo fabric filters and putting them in the empty compartment of the DJ50 pump.

The fish don't seem to mind, it's just an aesthetic thing
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I bought 40g of polymer filter wool last week and shoved a load into the empty filter compartment. In the last couple of days my water has cleared up tremendously. I'm thinking of going back to twice daily feeding, although I must admit the decrease in poop has been welcome
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