Originally Posted by Shellybean02
I never thought setting up my first tank would be easy, expecially without a filter. I hope I can go to the pet store soon to get water testers and more plants. I noticed the water has been slightly clouded for a day or two now. Online I read that this is just the bacteria starting up, and to wait (at most) a few weeks for it to settle. So my tank is a success, right? Or could this be a problem? The snail hangs around the top or at the water line whenever I see it, so I can't tell if the water's normal or if the snail detests its quality
cloudy water when starting a tank means your bacteria is firing up but not ideal yet, are you not using a filter, and did you seed it with bacteria, otherwise it can take up to three weeks to get going on it's own, I hardly ever test my water, but checking ammonia levels is a good indication for when the tank is good, a properly age tank will have zero ammonia levels. Don't ever tear the tank down for cleaning, this will destroy the bacteria colonies and force you to start again, some of my tanks have never been empty for 12 years. Clean things in stages.