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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-22-2007, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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I need a little help here...

OK, I am starting up a new 29g tank and everything started out fine. That was almost 3 months ago, now the tank looks very cloudy and I can't figure it out. I started it up just like I did with all the other tanks I have done, but I have never had a problem like this. I put a couple of platies in it, they live for a week or two, and then get really "skittish". You walk up to the tank and they start flipping-out and then eventually die. I have done huge water changes, multiple times, and the water is still cloudy. I have tried some products that are supposed to clear up the water and they work for about a day. Then the water clouds up again. I think I am just going to tear it down and start over if the tank doesn't clear up soon. Any ideas anybody?
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Substrate? Light, co2? Water stats?
Give us more details about the "Tank"

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I have regular aquarium gravel, 110w CF lighting, no co2.
Water stats:
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrates: 10ppm
Nitrites: 0ppm
PH: 7.6
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that is quite alot of lighting with no co2, but that has nothing to do with your fish dying.

are there any pieces of wood or rocks from outside in the tank? is there anything in the tank that is living? did you acclimate the platies properly?


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It's odd because your parameters indicate your tank is cycled, but your cloudy water and dying fish sound like you are having a mini cycle / bacteria bloom. Is it a white cloudiness?

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It's odd because your parameters indicate your tank is cycled, but your cloudy water and dying fish sound like you are having a mini cycle / bacteria bloom. Is it a white cloudiness?
My thoughts exactly. Sounds like you're on the right track so I'll not deluge you.
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Yeah, it's whitish. At first I thought it was a bacterial bloom, so I waited, and it's still here. I acclimated the platys correctly, they came from a 20 gallon that I have. The only stuff that I have in there at the moment are some lava rocks and a few plants that aren't doing to well at the moment.
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I'm guessing that You are not adding ferts for the plants, so its probably not precipitation.

The cloud is white-ish, so it shouldn't be green water.

Was the gravel new or reused?

What do you have for filtration and water movement/flow?


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Could it be...

Could it be caused by stray voltage in the aquarium? The fish symptoms sound right, but it shouldn't cause cloudy water. If you have a volt meter, you might test the water for stray voltage.
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You could always add biosphera just to be safe. It's a little pricey and you have to make sure you buy it refrigerated, but if you are having a mini cycle it will take care of it.

Also, are your testing supplies fresh? Old test kits give bad readings.

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I will say that BioSpira's the total BOMB. If you in fact are mini-cycling, this stuff does EVERYTHING it says it does. Only quick cycle product on the market that actually does have live bacteria in it. Well worth EVERY penny! And I didn't pick up that little nugget from my reading. First hand experience several times!
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