If you're dealing with a new aquarium, cloudy water is best cleared by simply giving the aquarium time to adjust. It is a sign that something is slightly(and sometimes, majorly) out of balance in the aquarium. This would be understandable in a new aquarium set-up. Generally, attempting to fix cloudy water will cause more problems than it will solve. For aquariums that have been in operation for a several weeks or longer, cloudy water is an indication of imbalance of the water chemistry and should not be ignored. Taking a sample of your aquarium water into your Big Al's location for analysis or purchasing an aquarium test kit to ensure all perimeters are within a safe range is highly recommended. In all cases a small (20%) partial water change and reduction of the amount of food being offered should help improve water clarity.
Articles in this section
- What is the nitrogen cycle?
- How do I safely clean a glass aquarium before setting it up?
- Should I rinse the gravel before adding it to the aquarium?
- I see a hard, whitish build-up on the glass and equipment. What is it and how do I remove it?
- When can I add fish to my new aquarium?
- What types of fish should I add to my aquarium?
- My water is cloudy. How can I clear the water?
- My water is green!?
- My water has a very bad smell to it. How can I eliminate the smell?
- Why should I test the water in my aquarium?