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cloudy water after first water change?

Postby mamospreng » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:12 pm

Did the first water change on the new 75 gallon Monday and now the water is milky white.

My only guess is the buffer didn't dissolve our something?

Someone help it sucks to have new fish and milky water to look at them through.
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Postby dsouthworth » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:53 pm

Most likely a bacteria bloom. Wait a day and see what happens.
In the mean time, test your water for ammonia, nitrite. What are the results? anything out of the ordinary?
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Postby phister » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:11 pm

I don't want to hijack your thread, but I'm having a similar problem in one of my new tanks as well.

It's a newly fishless cycling tank, this morning I went to work and it was clear. Now that I just got back from work, it's quite bit cloudy.

I'm hoping and guessing that it's a bacteria bloom? I haven't changed the water yet.
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Postby dsouthworth » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:16 pm

I also had the same problem and I blamed the buffers. But two day's later i noticed a green tint to the water.
Double and triple check that it's green and not white. Green water is common with a new tank.
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Postby phister » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:35 pm

dsouthworth wrote:I also had the same problem and I blamed the buffers. But two day's later i noticed a green tint to the water.
Double and triple check that it's green and not white. Green water is common with a new tank.

Should we just let it keep running for a few days or do like half a water change?
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Postby dsouthworth » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:38 pm

You may as well give it a few days to see what the water turns into (white/green). My tank started to turn white prior to green.

Hopefully this is just a bacteria bloom, because green water is a b*** to deal with. For me it wasn't and this weekend I'll be dropping $200 on a UV to fix my water.
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Postby phister » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:44 pm

So bacteria bloom is a good or bad thing? Bacteria bloom is just cloudy right? It makes me want to a water change to avoid this or is it gonna be happening again?

But green water is bad? What happens if it's green? Do a complete water change or is something really wrong?
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Postby dsouthworth » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:00 pm

Green water in an aquarium is caused by free-floating single celled green algae. Algae in an aquarium is nothing bad, but it sometimes can become an eye sore.

If it is white this could just be a disturbance in your beneficial bacteria. How long has the tank been set up? When a tank is set up, generally you should leave the filters alone for a few months for bacteria to establish in the system. This bloom should go away pretty quickly.
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Postby phister » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:11 pm

Oh I figured that green water is duded to algae. yea, it definitely is an eye sore.

The new tank has been up and running with the filters running for 6 days now.
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Postby dsouthworth » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:15 pm

phister wrote:Oh I figured that green water is duded to algae. yea, it definitely is an eye sore.

The new tank has been up and running with the filters running for 6 days now.


If all parameter's are good, don't worry about what the water looks like for the first few months.
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Postby phister » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:30 pm

dsouthworth wrote:
phister wrote:Oh I figured that green water is duded to algae. yea, it definitely is an eye sore.

The new tank has been up and running with the filters running for 6 days now.


If all parameter's are good, don't worry about what the water looks like for the first few months.

Thanks for your help.

The water parameters are good. It was just the sudden white cloudy water when i got home from work that scared the #%$& out of me cause when I left this morning it wasn't cloudy at all.
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Postby AulonoKarl » Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:00 am

If you have sand, it could be dirty sand getting stirred up in the water change process. Even if sand is cleaned decently you can get cloudy water from it for a few weeks.
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Postby mamospreng » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:39 am

Hooked up my UV steralizer and its clearing up. I think it's just around so many windows could leave the sterilizer on all the time...
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