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Old 04-04-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
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cloudy new tank

i have set up my 46 gallon with lava rock and a mix or cichlid mix and black gravel, i rinsed everything beforhand, and have filled and drained the tank a couple of times, but it seems to stay cloudy, it is a superfine white powder like cloud, ive tried turning off all filters and letting the tank sit for 24 hours, but it does not settle
what should i do
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Does it get cloudy or is it instantly cloudy? Did you rinse your substrate?
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it is instant, there are no fish,
yes i did rinse the substrate
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Even very well rinsed sand can still cloudy a new tank.
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well the filter is not filtering it out, i guess ill just keep doing water changes



..i do have a chemical that will make suspended particales clump together so the filter can pick them up, but its not made for aquairums, tempting to use though, cause ive done like 3 90% w/c and its still cloudy
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ok, so i have literally changed hundreds of gallons of water, still gets cloudy within hours, it is not because its cycling, i have crushed coral and argonite substrate and lots of lava rock, do you think one of those is the problem, i have an xp3 filter with a fine pad in it, but i added some poly fill above that, and it had no real effect, really at a loss here
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I have known argonite to be a good water clouding substrate. I had the same problem when I added it to my saltwater aquarium, however I just let it settle and after about 3days it was fine. Do to not rinsing it enough though a good disturbance would cloud the tank up again.
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