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Re: Cloudy water

In a message dated 8/25/2000 00:52:46 Pacific Daylight Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

>  The problem is that the tank is still cloudy. It has cleared up some
>  from its initial deep cloudiness to a lighter cloudiness that doesn't
>  seem to be getting any better. Stock is: 5 harlequin rasboras, 4 neons,
>  2 bleeding hearts, 1 chinese algae eater, 2 tiny Amano shrimp. 
>  Should I just be patient? I haven't done a water change since I set it
>  up, so it wouldn't disturb the cycle. The fish seem to be fine. The
>  filter hoses (they're clear; I extended the Eheim's hoses) have a brown
>  scunge and the water's surface is a little slimy, but I'm not sure if
>  this is affecting anything.

I doubt if there's an aquarist who hasn't experienced this once or twice in 
their life.  It's very frustrating when it occurs, but it's not all that 
rare.  To puzzle you more, you could set up 3 or 4 tanks at the same time, 
and have only one that refuses to clear up, while the others stay clear.  But 
clear up it will, in its own sweet time.  Also, this often seems to be a  
problem with very large tanks (>55 g).  I can't tell you what causes it.  It 
could be a mineral precipitate, or some sort of bacterial bloom.  Since it 
seems to be a problem with new tanks, I suspect it's a combination of factors 
related to the newly cycling tank.  But it WILL go away, usually sometime 
after a month or 6 weeks has passed.  I'd say just be patient, and one day 
very soon you'll suddenly notice the water is clearing, all by itself.   The 
best additive for this problem is Tincture of Time.