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my tank water has been cloudy for about 24hrs now from cichlid mix by caribsea it has gotten much better but still very cloudy. I did rinse it a little. everytime i move a rock or something there is a big cloud. i can hardley see the back of the tank. there is no fish in the tank right now.
should i just wait? filters on or off?
 

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Filters on. Is this substrate supposed to have live bacteria in it? If yes, what instructions come with the substrate?
 

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No it's just arogate substrate. It said rise until water changed from milky to cloudy both look the same to me but whatever who knows haha
 

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Sounds like you should have rinsed much longer. You can take it out and rinse now, or vacuum, filter and change water repeatedly until clear.
 

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*** started my fishless cycle now so ill have to wait until it settles i guess.
 

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If you leave all the dust in and let it settle, later when the fish dig it will just be stirred up again.

If your fishless cycle is just starting, I would clean the substrate first to save long-term headaches.
 

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not that big of a deal once the fishless cycle is done ill have to do a very large water change anyways so ill get alot out with that, and i do weekly water changes so it will be all gone it will just take some time. thanks
 

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and i havent let it settle really if after 48hrs its still really bad ill rethink. the bag say 1-2 days and i really disturbed it today when i added all the rock
 

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One thing I have found that works really well for cleaning up cloudy water is using a sponge filter even if its just temporary. Stir the tank up real well to get all the small particles mixed up then use the sponge filter, rinse the sponge filter every day or so and mix your substrate up again. It should only take a couple days for your water to be crystal clear.
 

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I had the same thing when I setup my tank. No matter how much you rinse it prior to placing in tank, you will still get cloudy water. Not to worry. It will clear up with proper filtration. Just be patient. If it does not clear up in a few more days, you might up the filtration.
 

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Looks alot better today. See how it is in the morning.
 
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