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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-15-2010, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, i have a few questions real quick.
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I have extreme cloudy water, most likely from a bacterial bloom. Someone told me to get some Purigen, however, i could not find any at my LFS. But i found API Bio-Chem ZORB, which basically does the same thing, from what i know. Do you guys think this will help with the cloudiness?

Second question, i have some plants that I need to wait until this water clears to plant. I was wondering if anyone knew if BlueRibbon Plant Sinkers were really safe for aquarium? Anyone know whether they are Zinc or Lead, if lead i won't use, but if zinc can i use?
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Hi! According to Seachem, if the cloudiness is a result of a bacterial bloom, Purigen cannot help. You just need to wait it out until the situation resolves. Purigen is a good product though, and helps with many other situations like removing tannins from the water.

As for your second question, I am not familiar with BlueRibbon Plant sinkers sorry. But as far as I know, it is not necessary to wait for your tank to finish cycling through the bacterial bloom before planting, although of course you can if you wish. How long has the tank been setup, and does it have any livestock at present?
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Its been up now for about a month and a half now. I have 5 Zebra Danio, 4 Cory cats, and some ghost shrimp (don't know whether they are still alive tho), can't see into the water much at all. I have been keeping a close eye on the parameters of the tank, Ph is good, nitrite is almost always 0 and Nitrate is low as well. No delectable ammonia.

The reason i am waiting to plant, is because i can't see into the water enough to see what i'm doing! lol.
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plants love ammonia and nitrite. you can plant immediately after setting up the tank if want.

take a white cup (styrofoam) and fill it with the tank water to see if it looks green. if it does its not bacteria, its algae. bacteria should clear up very soon on its own.

dont let any of your nutrients bottom out. if nitrate bottoms out you can get algae.

dont mess with adding chemicals to your tank.

i wouldnt worry about lead sinkers unless you have little kids around that might pull them out of the tank and eat them. whats the worst that could happen, birth defects on your fish, or fish with a.d.d
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