VeipaCray wrote:Your turtle is fine to leave in the tank. The bacteria blooms rapidly at first... it's reproducing to keep up with the present food source (ammonia and nitrite) in the tank. The bacteria will begin to colonize on all surfaces in the tank and the filter. The bio media is inert porous ceramic - it's job is to provide tons and tons of surface area for the bacteria to live on. This can unfortunately take days or sometimes even a few weeks before the cloudy water goes away - nature at work.
Yes it's a bit unnerving at first, but all sounds normal to me and your turtle will be OK.
VeipaCray wrote:Yeah that's most likely a bacteria bloom and is normal. That will clear up shortly on it's own. It MAY begin to produce an odor as well - if so you can point the output of the FX5 up to break the surface of the water and oxygenate the water a bit. The bacteria bloom will clear up and any smell will go away. It's just part of the natural cycling of the tank. Doing a water change will just prolong the process from finishing. Ask Penelope... she kept doing water changes ... same thing. We finally convinced her not to touch the tank for a bit and let it do it's thing for a few weeks and poof... clear water.
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