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    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?
    ~Joyce~

    55 Gal.
    Jack Dempsy, Electric Blue Ahli, Jewel, and a red tail shark

    29 Gal Saltwater
    Dwarf Fuzzy Lionfish, Yellow tail Damsel, and a Wolf Eel

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    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?
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    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.
    ~Joyce~

    55 Gal.
    Jack Dempsy, Electric Blue Ahli, Jewel, and a red tail shark

    29 Gal Saltwater
    Dwarf Fuzzy Lionfish, Yellow tail Damsel, and a Wolf Eel

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    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.

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    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.
    ~Joyce~

    55 Gal.
    Jack Dempsy, Electric Blue Ahli, Jewel, and a red tail shark

    29 Gal Saltwater
    Dwarf Fuzzy Lionfish, Yellow tail Damsel, and a Wolf Eel

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    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.
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