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Old 12-31-2005, 02:25 PM   #1
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Cloudy Water (morning only?)

I've noticed it lately, although I'm rarely home when lights come on so I don't know if it has always been this way. When my light cycle first starts the water is noticeably cloudy. After the lights have been on for a couple hours, it is crystal clear. I just lost what seemed to be a healthy watchman goby. Not sure why or if it related in any way.

Is this cloudy water something normal that I guess I've never noticed and am somehow unaware of?

110 gallon - about 160lbs lr. Only elevated readings are NO3 = 20, PO4 = 0.1.

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Old 12-31-2005, 04:01 PM   #2
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Could be a bacterial bloom, hard to tell. What's the AM pH just before the lights come on and just before the lights go off at night? Could be the tanks experiencing a nasty pH drop after lights out. The NO3 could use a few water changes.

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Old 12-31-2005, 04:14 PM   #3
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I thought that. I tested the PH this morning. PH is 8.2 right before lights on. Will check PH tonight, but I'm pretty sure it is consistantly 8.2.

My NO3 is a known problem and probably due to my undersized skimmer. I do 10-15% water change weekly and feed lightly and have never been able to get it under 20. I just ordered an ASM G3 yesterday, so hopeful nigh trates are a thing of the past. The NO3 wouldn't be the cause of cloudy water though, would it?
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Old 12-31-2005, 04:24 PM   #4
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The NO3 wouldn't be the cause of cloudy water though, would it?
Not really no.

What animals do you have in the tank? Could be some clues there. Is this just recent? Might be some animals are spawn scattering....

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Old 12-31-2005, 07:39 PM   #5
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I'm fairly certain it is a new development. I never noticed it before. I don't think it would be any of my fish - I have a yellow tang, 2 clowns and a mandarin. As far as corals, I don't have anything accept a few mushrooms.

Water is crystal clear right now - definitely only in the morning.

Oooooh, I wonder if lower water level would be causing my hob skimmer to put out more microbubbles, making the water look murky. I do my top offs in the morning. I'll do a topoff tonight and see if that does anything for me.
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Is this every morning? Any caluerpa in the tank or fuge?
I hope its as easy as being the skimmer.
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It has been every morning this week. Usually at work but had it off this week and noticed. Although, I didn't get close enough to actually examine if it was microbubbles or just cloudy water.

Do have chaeto (not doing well) in the hang on fuge, but that's it.
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cheato does not go sexual that I know of so that rules out my idea????
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This usually doesn't go on for as long as a week but I was moreso suggesting it could be snails or the like spawning. They can make quite a mess if the all start in and it will cloud the water. It's usually only for a few days if that, so not sure either?

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