Why is my tank so cloudy and green looking

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  1. Fish_Tank_J

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    It has been very cloudy a green looking since yesterday morning and my ammonia and nitrate levels are high. What should I do?[​IMG]
     
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    Seachem Prime if you have high ammonia or any other bacteria in a bottle (biospera etc) Petco/Petspmart carries it if you can't get to a LFS. Not sure what's going on here though, but your fish are in danger if ammonia is elevated, esp above 2 ppm.
     
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    Thank you for the advice
     
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    How old is your tank? Did you do anything new to it?
     
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    Looks like die off from newly added rock from this picture
     
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    It has been running for about 6 weeks I just added 3 new fish 2 days ago.
     
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    I added the rock 6 weeks ago half live half dry.
     
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    That's likely the problem. 3 fish at one time on a newly cycled system is really hard on the bacteria. Get a bottle, or two of nitrifying bacteria ASAP.

    This is a life or death situation for your fish if your ammonia is "high". What reading did you get?
     
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    After the bacteria, (biospira or FritzZyme Turbostart) Add activated carbon to reduce the color pigments. What filtration are you using?
     
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    What he said. Also, WELCOME TO R2R Ryan!
     
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    Right now I am using a ehiem canister filter
     
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    The filter is fine, you just don't have enough bacteria to export the fish's waste from ammonia to nitrate. The rule of thumb when adding fish to a newly, completely cycled system is to add one fish every 7 days. that way you bacteria have enough time to populate and handle the additional bioload.
     
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    Both bacteria and good carbon should be taken into account here. Is that a yellow tang? Those guys can add a lot of work to your bio filtration
     
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    Ok thank you I will remember that advice.
     
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    Yes that is a yellow tang he will be put in a bigger tank though when he gets to big for this tank.
     
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    I’m not gonna bag you for tank size I’m just adding to what @tsav87 is saying that a tang requires a strong established bio filtration to take on that kind of bio load without skipping a beat and in this case it may be skipping a few beats but that’s a lot of water and you have time just do little adjustments not to throw off the bio filter anymore
     
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    I don't think 3 fish would cause that. I think the rock has some major die off going on. I would do a 50% water asap. Give it a few days see if it gets better and change another 50%. The tank is in a cycle for sure and you need to get the ammonia down if you don't want them to die.
     
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    Added a lot of nitrifying bacteria seems to be getting clearer haven’t tested the water yet.
     
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    Tho there are many factors especially in a new tank
    thats what I said but he said it’s been curing for 6 weeks so realistically you wouldn’t add fish till you know your rock and sand are cured and cycled so you wouldn’t get a second round of die off without adding anymore substrate
     
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    Have you dealt with diatoms yet?
     
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