View Full Version : Bacterial Bloom??

10-08-2006, 11:27 AM
MY husband did a 25% water change 4-5 days ago and our tank has been cloudy since...we just checked our levels... they are as follows,
nitrate 160
nitrite .5
hardness 300
alkalinity 0
PH 6.8

our levels were fine before the water change...what happened???? what do I do?:confused:

10-08-2006, 03:16 PM
Just watch the fish to make sure they aren't in distress, you probably are experiencing a mini-cycle. If they are, change out some water to give them some relief. Did you clean the filters, too? Is your ammonia at 0?

10-08-2006, 04:17 PM
yea we changed the filters too but only 1 at a time as we have 2 filters. Our test kit doesnt test for amonia...we still gotta buy that one...but the water doesnt smell strong.

10-09-2006, 10:50 AM
Are you using a water conditioner for chlorine/chloramine? I know that's pretty basic stuff but thought I'd ask, you don't want to kill the good bacteria. :wink:

10-09-2006, 11:06 AM
yea we always treat the water before putting it in the tank. its starting to clear up a little bit, the fish dont seem bothered at all though.

10-09-2006, 11:15 AM
Bacterial bloom due to a mini cycle as Cichgirl said. If you fully swapped out teh media in one filter it may have strained the system a little.

If you notice any hard breathing add a teaspoon or two of kosher/aquarium salt to help fight nitrite poisoning.