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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Cloudy water new tank

So after i filled all the water i now have cloudy water probably bacterial bloom.
I was gonna start my fishless cycle today is that ok? Should add pure ammonia or wait for cloudiness to disappaear?

Should i run uv or let the cycle run its course?
I added 90% plant already. Does adding established spongefilter do much at this point?
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Yes, adding an established spongefilter will help seed the tank with bacteria for the cycle. The cloudiness could also be from your substrate, what did you use?

Starting your cycle today would be just fine.
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The cloud is a sign your cycle has already begun. Adding ammonia will speed it along.


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Its not substrate cuz last night water was clean running pump. Substrates arent disturbed. Cycle has begun!
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Is it normal to have really bad smell from this? My wife just called and says tank stinks.
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Really bad smell is ussually Cyanobacteria aka blue green algae, but it ussually takes at least a moth for this to show up. It can be caused by a lack of nitrates and/or flow.
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I got good flow 2000gph pump. What to do?
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DANG!! How big is your tank? Do you see a green film anywhere?
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Tank is 265gal. Im not home. I just had plants in it this week and just filled it last night and hooked up pump. Then this morning all this.
Im wondering some of stabnant water inline of pump caused all this?
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That's possible it seems like in a tank that large it should have been diluted. What substrate do you have?
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To me cyano smells sort of like watermelon. I dread the smell but don't think it is that horrible. Been a while but I think bacterial bloom smells more like mildew and I don't like it one bit. Not something I want in the house! Good thing it is warm right now and the windows can be opened!


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2000gph is actually somewhat low for a tank of that size. Is that a filter rating or powerheads? My fx5 is is rated at 900 with no media or hoses but I only get about 600gph with it on the tank I wouldn't be surprised if you were only around 1500 gph
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my pump is rated at 3600gph. im saying 2000 based on head length and turns etc...

well when i get home im gonna test my water. should i do water change anyway?
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funny thing is guys, half the tank was filled for last 3days without any aeration or filter while i was planting all my plants.
then last night after i filled the tank all the way and hooked the pump, i get this problem.
anyone have a clue?
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I always get cloudy water after setting up a new tank. A couple of large water changes usually takes care of it. I'm not sure what causes it, but I thought it was normal and never worried about it. It goes away after a week at most.
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