Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 32

Thread: Tell me I won't have to break the tank down

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Somewhere between the keyboard and the aquarium
    Posts
    224

    Default Tell me I won't have to break the tank down

    I've just set up a new tank - filled it two days ago - and the water's somewhat cloudy with what I assume is crushed coral dust. I'm afraid I rinsed it insufficiently. I took a high-pressure hose to five pounds or so at a time in a kitchen strainer until the water ran clear.

    Something else - yesterday I noticed quite a number of tiny particles floating around in the tank. Upon closer inspection I realized they were bubbles. Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Frostproof, FL
    Posts
    715

    Default

    When I first filled my tank I did the same thing and rinsed all the gravel like 6times until it ran clean, then when I was filling up the tank it got all cloudy. Give it another day or two it should clear up. Mine did
    ~Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning how to dance in the rain~

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Dublin, CA
    Posts
    1,307

    Default

    Yup.... the bubbles are a common occurrence... they'll settle down. The dust should settle down as well, but take caution about adding fishes until it does. You'll probably want to do extra gravel vacuums for awhile until you're satisfied that you've gotten it all.
    Quote Originally Posted by cichgirl View Post
    I saw a bionic kenyi with carnivorous dental implants. It was terrifying.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Somewhere between the keyboard and the aquarium
    Posts
    224

    Default

    Oh, I expect it'll be weeks before I add fish.

    Gravel vacuums. Check.

    Thanks!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Somewhere between the keyboard and the aquarium
    Posts
    224

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    You'll probably want to do extra gravel vacuums for awhile until you're satisfied that you've gotten it all.
    How will this affect my efforts to cultivate my little ammonia/nitrite munchers?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Dublin, CA
    Posts
    1,307

    Default

    You'll be fine. A gravel vac won't physically separate bacteria that is colonizing in the substrate. And your filter should be growing the same bacteria (probably more of it), so you're covered.
    Quote Originally Posted by cichgirl View Post
    I saw a bionic kenyi with carnivorous dental implants. It was terrifying.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Somewhere between the keyboard and the aquarium
    Posts
    224

    Default

    Bangarang.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    melbourne vic australia
    Posts
    941

    Default

    the lack of bacteria is why you are experiencing cloudy water, 100% normal, bubbles and debris dont matter either... in fact the more polluted the tank is the better for the cycle.
    CHuck in a feeder gold fish or three while it cycles to help establish bacteria, or feed phantom fish (the fish you intend to buy), but only do this once! and allow 3-6 weeks while continually testing twice a week.
    MY GALLERY BELOW

    http://www.cichlidgallery.com/agez-240gal-american-tank

    TOM- "I've got a Ford Maverick. Original. Wanna go for some carrot juice?"

    seedy: lol...shrooms tast like styrofoam...
    mattV: you've eaten styrofoam??

    Agez: what do you eat? (talking to toms bot)
    CIHCLID: CICHLID eats patterns.

    MattV- "dhali's not dead. just out of focus."

    heyguy74: Also, when dealing with larger fish that 1 inch of fish per gallon goes out the window. You cant have a 24" inch fish in a 24 gallon tank. Good luck.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Frostproof, FL
    Posts
    715

    Default

    When I started my tank I filled it and let it set for a week before I got any fish and if you plan on getting cichlids that should be enough because they like hard water. I added 4 cichlids and a pleco and they did just fine
    ~Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning how to dance in the rain~

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    melbourne vic australia
    Posts
    941

    Default

    sorry i dont need to be rude, but unfortunately that is not great advice! also amonia cycle has nothing to do with hardness...and cichlids are a very broad group that also include discus (who like VERY soft water in comparisson).

    Again i mean no offence, but inexperienced keepers should be careful with advising others as this may lead to people loosing expensive fish based on the recommendations of a trusted source.

    good luck with it all, and i hope you enjoy your new tank!
    MY GALLERY BELOW

    http://www.cichlidgallery.com/agez-240gal-american-tank

    TOM- "I've got a Ford Maverick. Original. Wanna go for some carrot juice?"

    seedy: lol...shrooms tast like styrofoam...
    mattV: you've eaten styrofoam??

    Agez: what do you eat? (talking to toms bot)
    CIHCLID: CICHLID eats patterns.

    MattV- "dhali's not dead. just out of focus."

    heyguy74: Also, when dealing with larger fish that 1 inch of fish per gallon goes out the window. You cant have a 24" inch fish in a 24 gallon tank. Good luck.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    melbourne vic australia
    Posts
    941

    Default

    sgypsymermaid has a GREAT resource for new hobbiests to understand the cycling time of a fish tank, and what is involved.

    i recommend this link to both alowishus and amayaokami its a good read!
    MY GALLERY BELOW

    http://www.cichlidgallery.com/agez-240gal-american-tank

    TOM- "I've got a Ford Maverick. Original. Wanna go for some carrot juice?"

    seedy: lol...shrooms tast like styrofoam...
    mattV: you've eaten styrofoam??

    Agez: what do you eat? (talking to toms bot)
    CIHCLID: CICHLID eats patterns.

    MattV- "dhali's not dead. just out of focus."

    heyguy74: Also, when dealing with larger fish that 1 inch of fish per gallon goes out the window. You cant have a 24" inch fish in a 24 gallon tank. Good luck.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Frostproof, FL
    Posts
    715

    Default

    Lol sorry I meant to type in African cichlids but I was using an itouch and not use to the touch screen so I probably deleted that part or it didn't put it in. Sorry about that I didn't even notice. But thanks for correcting the post. Again sorry for that accidental omission. To be more specific I have two red zebras a blue acai and one no ones to sure of right now and they did just fine

    I really hate touch screens...
    Last edited by AmayaOkami; 08-13-2010 at 05:28 AM.
    ~Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning how to dance in the rain~

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Somewhere between the keyboard and the aquarium
    Posts
    224

    Default

    Still awfully cloudy. Gravel vacuuming is productive, but I wonder whether it'll ever be enough. I'm getting really close to just draining the tank and rinsing the substrate until I can't see straight. If I were to fill a bucket with water from the tank and hang my filters in the bucket while I rinse the substrate and refill the tank would I still have to start over on the cycle?

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    New Britain, CT
    Posts
    149

    Default

    I'm a novice to cichlid keeping but did experience the same outcome as you. My tank was cloudy for over a week and i was also getting restless. I read that it has to do with the lack of the essential bacteria needed in a new tank. Also was because of my lack of filtration. I purchased a 2nd HOB and the water cleared up in 3 days.
    My tank isn't crystal clear but is way better. If anything check your filtration and be patient. It's a long process to cycle your tank. It's been almost 4 weeks and I still haven't been able to control the ammonia levels.

  15. #15

    Default

    Consider that the OP mentions adding crushed coral right before it became cloudy...

    At the present, based on what we have been told the issue is crushed coral dust.
    One will never get all of the dust rinsed out. The second part of the clear tank trick is to
    carefully scoop and deposit the substrate. I like to use an old Tupperware to scoop and
    drop, with the drop being more like a pour right above the bottom.
    The photocontest, like everything else is behind schedule. You get some links back today.

Similar Threads

  1. How was ya'lls Spring Break?
    By jrrlbds in forum The Lounge
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-23-2007, 12:43 PM
  2. Lets Break A Record!
    By bluerusty in forum The Lounge
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 07-23-2006, 12:00 AM
  3. can't I catch a break
    By Chewy in forum Tanganyika Cichlids
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-28-2006, 09:54 PM
  4. Is there a chart or something that can break down the
    By MaddEnemy in forum Malawi Cichlids
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 07-21-2004, 09:31 PM
  5. What to do over spring break?!?!?!
    By OscarNamedOscar910 in forum American Cichlid Species Forum
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 03-08-2004, 06:23 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •