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Cloudy tank?

My tank has a bit of a white cloudiness to it today. Let me give you some background...

125 gallon tank, lightly planted.

I added SMS substrate 2 weeks ago (I pulled out all the gravel) so I am still cycling. Yesterday I did a water change and it has seemed cloudy ever since.

The SMS was a bear to rinse. Even when I put it in the tank after so many rinses I thought I was insane, the tank still looked like mud. But it cleared up and until yesterday's water change it looked fine. I changed about 20% of the water.

So what is the white cloudiness? From not being cycled? Could I have put too much Prime in the new water? Is the SMS just not clean enough?

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sounds like a bacterial bloom. It'll pass in a few days
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sounds like a bacterial bloom. It'll pass in a few days
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Cool, thanks you two. I haven't had to cycle this tank in a year, but ripping but the old substrate probably destroyed the old cycle. Nothing like starting over.
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It's been a week now and it has not passed. I did a 20% water change today but it did not help one bit.
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Are you by any chance using straight tap water when you refill after water changes? If so you would be killing all your beneficial bacteria and prolonging the cloudyness. If you are, in the future make sure you always treat the tap water with a dechlorinator first or just get it ready in buckets the day before and let it sit out for 24 hours.
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you can always take a panty hose fill one leg with carbon,tie off the end, Cut off excess, and drop it in. Panty hose the kind like long socks cost .33 at wal Mart, and make for a Cheap way for those of us without Canister Filters to Run Carbon.
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Will the carbon help? I have a large container of carbon and a bag that it goes in for the canister filter. There is carbon in there now, it might be 2 months old though.

I usually put tap water right in the tank and then treat it. Last time I did the water change though because I was not cycled I treated it before it went in the tank, and that is when the cloudiness started.
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if it is bacteria bloom the best thing is to just wait it out, carbon won't help that. It is usually just a week, but I have seen it take a couple before.

The usual instructions on dechlorinator is to add enough for the volume of the tank to the water, then put in the tap water. That is the instructions from Prime, which is what I use. If you do it backwards with a large change it can cause problems. With a healthy filter and smaller change the chlorine is to small a concentration to matter, but I'd still do it the proper way.

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if it is bacteria bloom the best thing is to just wait it out, carbon won't help that. It is usually just a week, but I have seen it take a couple before.

The usual instructions on dechlorinator is to add enough for the volume of the tank to the water, then put in the tap water. That is the instructions from Prime, which is what I use. If you do it backwards with a large change it can cause problems. With a healthy filter and smaller change the chlorine is to small a concentration to matter, but I'd still do it the proper way.
Up until now I have always had smaller tanks, so I usualy just dechlorinate the water first in a bucket, and to be safe I let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes before I fill the tank back up. I've never had a bacterial bloom after a water change using that method.

But now, with a 65 gallon I am going to have to fill the tnak up directly and put the dechlorinator in first. Hopefully it will still work fine for me. The dechlorinator I always use is Aquasafe, I like how you can see the bubbles of chlorine/chloramine coming out of solution with it .
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