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    Okay, so I holding female and I decided to set up a second tank for her to live in until she spits out the babies. She's a demasoni. I set up the tank with arganite substrate and a couple rocks (its only a 10 gallon).

    Well i haven't put her in the tank yet, but I figured to 'seed' the tank for the good bacteria I took about 5 gallons of water from my other tank (that she is in right now) and put those 5 gallons along with 5 gallons of clean water.

    So *immediately* the water became totally white cloudy almost opaque. I figured that it was sediment so I waited overnight for it to go away. It did not. I then emptied the tanks water and rinsed the sand thoughrally to remove any fine dust. At this point the water was clear again.

    I set up the tank again, same procedure with water from the other tank 50%. Cloudy again. Figured that it might be the 'bacteria bloom' that people talk about with new tanks cycling so i cranked the heat and turned the aeration to max (so if there are bacteria it would speed their lifecycle and make them breed themselves to death) Waited a day to see what would happen. No change.

    Changed out half the water at that point which seemed to cause the cloudyness to diminish by a corrosponding 50% (approximatly).

    What should I do? I don't want to put the holding female in a tank that may be hazardous. But I have to reiterate, there are no fish in this tank, just arganite 'reef' sand and 50/50 water with a heater and an airstone.

    So could this be a 'bacteria bloom'? If it is, how long do they take to subside? Might it be some sort of reaction with the sand substrate?

    Any help greatly appreciated!

    Ben

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    Well the water itself has very little beneficial bacteria in it. It is far better to move a few rock, or some filter material from the main tank. Also, just to keep from shocking her, why not 100% water from the main tank... usually just after a waterchange is a good time.
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    I agree with the Rusty feller. I wouldn't put any substrate in the holding/grow out tank. Keep it clear bottomed, easier to keep track of the fry. Put a media bag of substrate from the main tank and a sponge filter and you should be good.
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    Originally posted by Steve C
    Put a media bag of substrate from the main tank and a sponge filter and you should be good.
    Yes if it is gravel, NO if you have sand.
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    Well i put some of the filter medium from the main tank into the new tank and also replaced 30% more water with main tank water. The cloudiness remains but I'm starting to think it's just dust from the arganite sand that i used as substrate. Do you think i could put her in the tank now or should I keep waiting? She's not very happy in the breeding net i put her into to keep her from the males.

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