The two factors that allow a bacteria bloom to happen in new tanks are:
- Gauss’ Law Of Competitive Exclusion
- Nutrient load
When a full tank of water is introduced, it brings with it microbes that have survived the journey from your water utility or well as well as a treasure trove of nutrients on which to feed. These microbes flourish, uncontested by other established biological activity, to win Gauss’ game of competitive exclusion.
Over time, however, these microbes begin to deplete the high, maximum nutrient load of a newly filled aquarium and begin to die off. That is why water changes will only perpetuate your bloom. Simply wait it out and the cloudiness will dissipate and reveal a crystal clear tank!