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Re: Smell and Smokey Water
I would think the cloudiness is because you did a complete water change and removed all your media at once. Most tanks go through a bacterial bloom at the beginning of a cycle and your tank may be cycling again because of the massive removal of bacteria that was present in the media. The parameters may be okay now because of the complete water change but keep an eye on them in case you truly are back in cycle. The bacteria in your gravel and on other surfaces in your tank should give you a head start in that department.
As for the smell, I would think that if your fish are okay with what has happened so far it is just a matter of waiting for the smell to dissipate, so long as the cause of the problem has truly been eliminated. Carbon could help with that but some of that smell could be impregnated in the plastic of your hood, etc., so it could take some time. Good luck. These little tank mysteries can be tricky. :(
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