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I forced my tank into a new cycle by accident. Now what?

I was a little too thorough with the cleaning of my tank which has been crystal clear for over a month now. I've done 3 significant water changes in so many days because I overfed by accident. I cleaned it within an inch of it's life precisely to avoid the situation I have now which is cloudy water.

So what would you do?

a. another water change to get rid of the cloudiness
b. leave the poor tank alone

Of course this all happens the same week I bought a fussy german ram who likes really clean water. Think he'll make it?

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What is, "B. Leave the tank alone", Trebeck.
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Test your water. I am going to go with B though.
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What is, "B. Leave the tank alone", Trebeck.
I'm going to go with your answer because you have over 5000 posts here.

Oh and thanks plakat.
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Without a water test to tell us what your parameters are we have no idea really what to say. B is prob the best option. but it is still hard to say.
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Looks like I need to buy a water testing kit. You people are going to kill my bank account!
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I'm going to go with your answer because you have over 5000 posts here.

Oh and thanks plakat.
lol. I don't know if the 5,000 posts thing means all that much. A good rule is to take everything you hear or read with a grain of salt until you do the research/testing yourself or find a reliable source of information.

It might mean that I REALLY like those "Post your face" threads.
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Looks like I need to buy a water testing kit. You people are going to kill my bank account!
pfft just wait. If you do not have a water testing master kit yet, you probably don't know what all you really *could* buy. Have plants yet? That's the one that eventually killed me. $500.00 in equipment just to run a planted tank, it's a big tank, but still. Ouch!
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pfft just wait. If you do not have a water testing master kit yet, you probably don't know what all you really *could* buy. Have plants yet? That's the one that eventually killed me. $500.00 in equipment just to run a planted tank, it's a big tank, but still. Ouch!
Don't give me any ideas. I'm quite happy with my low tech planted aquarium....for now.
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pfft just wait. If you do not have a water testing master kit yet, you probably don't know what all you really *could* buy. Have plants yet? That's the one that eventually killed me. $500.00 in equipment just to run a planted tank, it's a big tank, but still. Ouch!
Equipment like...a CO2 setup? How's that CO2 setup working out for you by the way?


And if you want a low tech setup, take a look at this thread. Less than 1 WPG, beautiful results.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/lo...than-1wpg.html
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for now i would just let it be and watch the fish for signs of stress.

if you are observing a white-colored cloudiness then you have a bacterial bloom which is OK because it just means that the microflora are reestablishing themeselves and taking care of the aquarium's waste products.

a test kit to detect ammonia, nitrate, nitrite and phosphate would be a good idea. pH is importnat too.
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lol where is meow town USA?
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pfft just wait. If you do not have a water testing master kit yet, you probably don't know what all you really *could* buy. Have plants yet? That's the one that eventually killed me. $500.00 in equipment just to run a planted tank, it's a big tank, but still. Ouch!

Ha ha I just finished dusting my bank account for the aquarium. (sorry, did not mean to hijack the thread)
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Resolved! It took 2 days for the water to clear up on it's own. I did buy a testing kit and the amonia is at 0, I will test for the rest of the levels tonight. So THANKS again everyone! This forum has saved many fish and plant lives at my home and me a lot of grief so you can all be proud of that.

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In the dark recesses of my mind!
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