- Sep 17, 2019
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Hi everyone, I have recently got a 10 gal tank for some guppies and shrimp, a basic little build. I set it up this past Saturday and have been having some troubles with cloudiness. After about a day of setup, the tank got VERY cloudy. And I mean really cloudy, barely able to see through. I did all my research, and I have everything from SafeStart to Prime in my arsenal, as well as a gravel cleaner. Now let me just stress that I did not get fish yet, knowing that the tank would need to be cycled. I made sure to wait twice the time required to put in my bacteria after the conditioner, but then this showed up. I boiled all of my decorations (plastic and a resin skull) but they kinda feel apart so I reboiled and put them back together. I read to boil them, but I do not think I should have in hindsight. I have read that it also may be the items degrading inside of my tank, but I do not see any flakes or paint pieces or whatever. Just super cloudy, milky water. I have ten gallon specified air pump and sponge filter, so they are not the problem. My temp has been set to ~78 degrees since I first set it up. I understand you all probably understand this fish keeping business a heck of a lot better than me, so I was hoping for maybe some piece of mind (or maybe a stern warning to get all new decorations ). Why is this happening, and should I consider this to not just be the average bacterial bloom? I did stick my hands in the water a lot to situate the decor, and they were not necessarily clean. Thanks y'all.