Well, the reason that your aquarium is fogging up is due to a bloom of sorts, but it is not algae. The cloudiness actually occurs because of a bloom of microscopic life and they can come in the form of bacteria, and micrometazoa. To anybody who breeds fish, you may recognize these things as something called infusoria, which is what many fish breeders feed newborn fish fry. While these microscopic blooms may make for great fish food, they make for a really foggy aquarium too.
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One of the most overlooked and important aspects of fishkeeping is how you acclimate new aquarium fish to an existing tank. Many aquarium fish that were perfectly fine at the have met untimely ends in hobbyists’ tanks due to improper acclimation.
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This is usually the most intimidating task of all for new aquarists and is probably the second most overlooked maintenance task after cleaning the filter. Yet today changing the water can be the easiest of all maintenance tasks with a device that hooks up to the faucet. In the wild, fish are always getting water changes as new water flows in from upstream or is added due to rain. The best rule of thumb is to change as much as you can as often as you can. Some breeders change up to 90 percent every day. That’s a lot, but you get the idea. For a lightly stocked tank, 25 percent every week is fine. Some aquarists stretch it out to every other week, but that is pushing it. Water changes are the easiest way to maintain good water quality and can be done in a matter of minutes. Water change time is also a great time to get a close-up view of all of the aquarium’s inhabitants. Take advantage of water change time to poke into every nook and cranny of the tank to make sure everything is OK.
Feb 25, 2016 - How to Acclimate Your Fish to a New Aquarium
Okay, let me guess, your aquarium water has turned cloudy? Please don't start panicking, this is a very common occurrence and every fish keeper will experience cloudy water at some stage. This article will address this common problem. I'll explain some of the reasons why your aquarium water will suddenly turn cloudy and I will endeavour to give you a few tips on how you can not only cure the problem but stop it happening in the first place. But it's inevitable that you will experience cloudy water, even if you've got an aquarium that is well-established.The most common cause of cloudy aquarium water is dust and debris contained in sand or gravel. Normally called substrates, sand and gravel are prewashed before being bagged up for sale. However, it's completely impossible to remove 100% of dirt from the substrate so it's inevitable that it's going to get into your aquarium. As soon as this dust is mixed with the water everything turns cloudy and looks absolutely horrible. It's always advisable to wash your substrate before putting it into your new aquarium. Washing substrate is easy, fill a bucket half full and if you can, use a hosepipe to swirl the water around until it runs clear. You will find that with all the will in the world you'll never remove all of the dirt and it's inevitable that the water will be a little bit cloudy. However, it should only take a couple of days before the dirt settles and the water looks nice and clear. You can buy chemicals from the fish store that bind tiny particles together that are then removed by the filter.Bacterial blooms are often the cause of cloudy water in aquariums that are in the process of cycling. It's quite easy to identify a bacterial bloom because the water will turn to a milky haze in colour. It's very common to encounter a bacterial bloom when setting up a new aquarium. In the early stages of a tank cycle, there may not be enough bacteria in the filter to consume the amount of ammonia being produced by your fish. Bacteria will then build up in the main tank in order to consume the ammonia. It's the free swimming bacteria that make the water look milky. Please don't panic if this happens to you, no harm will come to your fish because the bacteria are there for a very good reason, it just looks very unsightly and unsettling. If you are in the process of cycling your aquarium and the water is cloudy then don't panic, eventually, the water will become perfectly clear.Acclimating new fish to your aquarium is a critical step and should not be taken lightly. Getting into the habit of using proper acclimation methods is a good way to ensure your long-term success in this wonderful hobby! Check out the video below for more tips.